Queens Birthday Honour list – Awards for New Zealand and Australia

Asia Pacific Fire magazine and MDM publishing would like to congratulate the following recipients of fire service medals in New Zealand and Australia, awarded in this year’s Queens Birthday Honour list. All of you have made considerable contributions to the…

New Zealand Bridge Washed Away During a Severe Storm

The Waiho bridge over a river in New Zealand’s South Island has been washed away in a severe rainstorm, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency. The storm battered the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, forcing…

Rotorua Senior Station Officer Colin Rolfe retires after 50 years of service

It’s not often that you get to serve your community for 50 years, for Colin Rolfe it has been a pleasure. Colin entered the fire service as a 20-year-old who had seen advertisements for the role in a newspaper, on…

Queens Birthday honours awarded to NZ and Australian firefighters

This Queens birthday saw four New Zealanders and twenty-nine Australian fire service personnel honoured for their service to the community. Of special note is the awarding of Ex-commissioner Greg Mullens with an Officer of the order of Australia, the second…

Memorial wall recognises 505 Australian and New Zealand fire and emergency service personnel

The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security formally opened the National Emergency Service Memorial Wall in Canberra on Tuesday 1 May 2018, at the National Memorial Service for fire and emergency service personnel. The new…

Qantas New Zealand staff hospitalised in a gas leak

Twelve people from Qantas’ Auckland offices have been hospitalised following a suspected gas leak. Another 50 people were triaged on Thursday and Victoria Street West’s Augusta House building cordoned off after fire and police were called at around 9:30 am…

Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference 2018

The organisers of this years Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference, 21 – 22 May 2018 are pleased with the progress the event has made since its inception. They are keen that others recognise its value and opportunities and think…

New Zealand is the next country to suffer the aftermath of ex-cyclone Debbie

Weeks after the cyclone hit Australia the remaining low is causing havoc in New Zealand, a town has been evacuated after floodwaters surged through its streets in a “one-in-a-500-year event” in the wake of a weather system that was cyclone…

New Zealand gets a new disaster alerting system

New Zealand is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world with earthquakes, tsunami, wildfire and volcanos a continual threat. Its citizens are always on alert for the next disaster. To keep New Zealanders informed, a new alerting system…

Wildfires Threaten Christchurch

Fires near the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, have burned through homes and spurred the evacuation of more than 1,000 people, according to news reports. The seriousness of the Port Hills fires led officials to declare a state of emergency…

Disaster and Emergency Management Conference – Stands are selling fast

Stands are selling fast for the 2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, held 22 – 23 May at Jupiters Gold Coast. If you have a product or service that you would like to promote to 500+…

Storm lashes New Zealand quake zone, more buildings evacuated

By Lincoln Feast CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) – Rain and strong winds battered central New Zealand on Thursday, threatening further damage just days after a powerful earthquake killed two people and devastated parts of the country’s South Island with huge…

‘Utter devastation’ after major quake, aftershocks hit New Zealand

By Charlotte Greenfield and Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake pummelled central New Zealand early on Monday, killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks. Emergency response teams…

Large New Zealand earthquake causes a laugh

A pre-dawn earthquake on the east coast of New Zealand was the most powerful earthquake in 20 years. The 7.1-magnitude quake’s epicentre was deep in the ocean, northeast of the town of Te Araroa in the Gisborne district of the…

Innovative radio technology keeps New Zealand’s firefighters safe

New solution embeds radio microphone within firefighters’ breathing apparatus Communication across multiple New Zealand public safety agencies made easier Built for the harshest environments with improved noise cancellation and battery life Wellington, New Zealand – 16 August 2016 – Firefighters…

Global ARFF vehicle from Fraser Fire and Rescue

Fraser Fire and Rescue in New Zealand are the leading manufacturer and exporter of fire-engines, equipment and components in the Southern Hemisphere. The Wellington based company manufacture a diverse range of fire and rescue vehicles plus associated components using the…

Wires kill helicopter pilots in NZ

Aviation plays an important part in the agricultural economy and firefighting in New Zealand. However, between 1979 and 2015, helicopter pilots alone had 116 wire strikes resulting in 28 deaths. While people on the ground can generally see wires, they…

Hainsworth Appoints New Consultant for Australian Fire Market

Leading protective textile manufacturer A.W.Hainsworth & Sons Ltd is pleased to introduce consultant Keith Ward who has joined the team to represent Hainsworth Technology in the Australian and New Zealand fire market. Keith has many years’ experience working in the…

Fears of an eruption in NZ as volcano temperature doubles

Mt Ruapehu, a volcano in the centre of New Zealand north island is set to erupt experts say. The volcano made famous as Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings movies has been showing signs of instability. The temperature…

2016 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue Conference

The Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue community will unite in 2016 for education, networking and inspiration at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management (DMC) and Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue (SAR) Conferences at…

A mansion worth $13million was burned for a training exercise in New Zealand

A team of about 45 volunteer firefighters took part in training exercise, which saw fire trucks deployed after being ferried to the scene on Waiheke Island, near Auckland, NZ. The $13 million dollar mansion was demolished in the most dramatic…

New Zealand’s northern most fire, started by stupidity.

The fire that started on the northern most tip of New Zealand’s northern island put many homes at risk and has taken 24 hours to fully control, it may have been started by a man lighting a flare, police are…

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