photo courtesy of Jeff Hartman

About Fire and Emergency New Zealand

From 1 July 2017, there is a single, unified fire services organisation for New Zealand’s rural, urban, paid and volunteer fire​​​fighters.

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.



Taranaki District Fire Plan
PDF 1.13M
The Taranaki Rural Fire District (TRFD) Fire Plan is issued to meet the requirements of the Forest and Rural Fires Act1977 and the Forestand Rural Fires Regulations 2005.
FireSmart Home Owners Manual
PDF 2.54M
You and your neighbours can reduce the hazards of wildfire by following the simple preventative steps explained in this booklet.
Fire Safety For The Summer
Farm Fire Safe
PDF 1.20M
Rural property owners face a higher risk from fire than their urban counterparts.The consequences are greater because fires are detected later and the emergency response takes longer. You need to have a higher level of fire safety awareness and to take extra precautions in rural areas.


Think you’ve got what it takes to be a rural fire fighter? Send us your details and a CV and we’ll be in touch!

If you need further advice or help with your permit please make contact with us on the numbers below. In an emergency please call 111.
0800 658 628 Send Us An Email
Principal rural fire officer
Nigel Dravitzki
postal address
PO Box 7104, Fitzroy,
New Plymouth, 4312