"); } //-->
Review of Fire Legislation
A review of New Zealand's Fire Legislation was announced in March 2004 (link to media release).
The purpose of this review is to acknowledge the evolving rescue role of the Fire Service and resolve inconsistencies between urban and rural fire systems.
The Fire Service has a growing role in assisting at road accidents and in the development of urban search and rescue capability. It also has new duties under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.
The planned new single integrated piece of fire and rescue legislation will replace the existing Fire Service Act 1975 and the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977. It is to be developed by the Department of Internal Affairs, in consultation with Local Government New Zealand, the Fire Service Commission and government agencies.
The input of all interested parties is encouraged in this process. The key issues and framework for the proposed new legislation are laid out in the following documents, and on the pages of this website. The process and dates for making submissions is also outlined here.
Last updated: 30/05/2006