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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.


  • Progress on the review - The Minister has announced that the next step should be a stakeholder consultation process. Link here to the Minister's speech: New Fire Service to be Developed (27/5/2006). Link here to the Minister's press release (30/5/2006).

  • Fire Service Amendment Act Commencement Order 2006 – This order was gazetted on 18 May 2006, stating that the new sections 21A to 21I in the Fire Service Act 1975, which relate to the Fire Safety and Evacuation of Buildings Regulations 2006, come into force on 1 October 2006.

Key Documents

  • Fire Management in New Zealand - Background to the Ministerial report. A concise account of the current status of fire management services in New Zealand, including the role of fire services in wider emergency and first response activity. (.pdf) 236k*
*These documents are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site. Further Information

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