Fire and Emergency New Zealand
A single, unified fire services organisation for New Zealand’s rural, urban, paid and volunteer fire fighters came into effect on 1 July 2017. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) is an amalgamation of more than 40 rural fire authorities, including the former Whanganui Rural Fire Authority, along with the New Zealand Fire Service, the National Fire Authority and rural fire districts.
Councils no longer have responsibility for fire control or the power to collect funding for rural fire, although they will retain civil defence responsibilities.
The provision of services and fire response within the Whanganui community will remain unchanged, but the former Whanganui Rural Fire Authority – now Whanganui Fire and Emergency New Zealand – is no longer Council-funded or managed. Rural fire personnel and assets, including vehicles, have transferred to FENZ.
The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill 2017 repeals the two Acts governing fire services, the Fire Service Act 1975 and the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977. This Bill marks the most significant change to New Zealand’s fire legislation in 70 years, with full integration expected to take four years.
Whanganui Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Whanganui Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) is responsible for ensuring the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 is being complied with in the Whanganui District.
Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer, Gavin Pryce, is responsible for a number of management functions, including actions to reduce the risk and severity of fire and monitoring the fire danger on a daily basis during the fire season.
Gavin Pryce can be contacted on 06 348 0103.
For more information about Fire and Emergency New Zealand, call 06 348 0103.
For rural fire permits only, call 0800 658 628 or visit www.checkitsalright.nz
For an urban fire permit (required in all urban areas, 365 days a year)
call Fire and Emergency New Zealand on 06 348 0103.