From 1 July 2017, there is a single, unified fire services organisation for New Zealand’s rural, urban, paid and volunteer firefighters.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is an amalgamation of more than 40 rural fire authorities, including the former Taranaki Rural Fire Authority, along with the New Zealand Fire Service, the National Fire Authority and rural fire districts.
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.
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