Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Local Advisory Committees

Reflecting the diversity of community voices
E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū

This historic whakataukī reminds us that it takes a multitude of voices to create harmony.

Local Advisory Committees help us make your community more resilient in an emergency

The Committees’ purpose is to provide independent community-focused strategic advice on local needs, issues and risks. They help Fire and Emergency New Zealand support their communities by providing a strong local perspective on what matters.

Fire and Emergency seeking community voices for Local Advisory Committees

Fire and Emergency currently works with seven Local Advisory Committees (LACs) around the country to ensure communities’ voices and interests are reflected in our national and local planning. Local Advisory Committees provide us with independent advice on what their communities value, their needs and the risks they face. 

LACs help to shape the future of Fire and Emergency’s support for communities by enabling us to better understand what matters – now and in the future. This means we can better support our communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover well from emergencies when they happen.  

We’re on a journey towards having a Local Advisory Committee in every local area across the country. We are establishing two new LACs, in Bay of Plenty and Manawatū-Whanganui. We’re also recruiting new members for our existing LACs in Tairāwhiti and the Chatham Islands.

Recruiting new members for Tairāwhiti and Chatham Islands LACs

Applications open on 8 July and close on 28 July 2024.  

Apply for Tairāwhiti LAC (external link)

Apply for Chatham Islands LAC (external link)

Recruiting new Bay of Plenty and Manawatū-Whanganui LACs

Applications open on 15 July and close on 11 August 2024.  

Apply for Bay of Plenty LAC (external link)

Apply for Manawatū-Whanganui LAC (external link)