New Zealand Fire

NEW ZEALAND FIRE SERVICE
There are 8 Regions inf the New Zealand Fire Service. The New Zealand Fire Service is a national organisation, with brigades in all but the smallest urban centres.
The New Zealand Fire Service is governed by the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, which is funded by a compulsory Fire Service Levy (6c per $100 cover, totalling $190 million) on virtually all property insurance premiums paid in New Zealand. The government does not pay anything towards the Service.
The Fire Service has a uniformed National Commander/CEO (Mike Hall).

There are different types of unit within the Service:-

The Fire Service handles fires, vehicle/industrial rescue, hazardous material spills, and immediate response needs of other emergencies - floods, storms, earthquakes, etc, plus the usual cats up trees stuff. Depending on local circumstances, assistance to the ambulance services is provided when requested by them, particularly in some rural areas where fire stations (or rural fire forces) can be much closer to where urgent help is needed than theirs may be.


RANKS
The rank structure used to be consistent and clear cut, but following changes in recent years it now varies from one place to another and also within a city.
To my knowledge it is as follows, (top down hierarchy):-
Stand alone Volunteer brigades:
Chief Fire Officer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Third Officer (rank being removed by attrition), Senior Station Officer, Station Officer, Senior Firefighter, Firefighter, Probationary Firefighter.

Volunteer component of paid station or an Auxiliary brigade (attached to a larger brigade):
Senior Station Officer (some), Station Officer, Senior Firefighter, Firefighter, Probationary Firefighter.

Paid Stations:
Chief Fire Officer (not every station), Deputy Chief Fire Officer (not every station), Senior Station Officer, Station Officer, Senior Firefighter, Qualified Firefighter, Firefighter, Probationary Firefighter.

Regions:
Regional Commander/Regional Manager, Assistant Regional Commander/Assistant Regional Manager.

National Office:
National Commander.


OTHER FIREFIGHTERS IN NEW ZEALAND
Many local Councils operate Rural Fire Forces in some of their very small settlements. They are volunteers who are equipped and trained to deal with vegetation fires primarily, but also attend property fires and some other emergencies.

There are also Council Bush Fire Forces in a few city areas e.g. the Wellington City Rural Fire Force who are called in to help at large bush fires.

Large airports have private companies providing rescue fire services, e.g. the Wellington Airport Fire Service.

The three arms of the military have their own firefighters amongst their staff.

Some large industries have their own fire/rescue squads, some of whom are registered with the NZ Fire Service.



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