Fire Emergency Commanders Association Collective Employment Agreement

The Collective Agreement between Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the Fire Emergency Commanders Association (FECA) covers those in operational firefighting management/District/Group Manager and senior specialist positions. These positions lead our operational workforce in their work with communities and in response to emergency events.

FECA and Fire and Emergency New Zealand agreed on a new collective agreement in December 2021.

Pay and conditions for operational firefighting management/District/Group Manager and senior specialist positions:

Pay varies across these roles due to the wide range of duties, responsibilities and specialist skills many of these roles entail. Most employees benefit from pay progression within their pay band as well as an annual review of the pay band. Base salary for District based operational managers ranges from $126,000-$184,000.

Most FECA members are eligible to participate in the Fire Superannuation Scheme. Employees can contribute up to six percent of their salary with their contributions matched by Fire and Emergency at $1.52 for every dollar put in by the employee.

On-call allowances are available for formal rostered on-call arrangements.

Employees receive five weeks’ annual leave after five years’ service

Employees are able to take sick leave as needed. This can be capped at six months for long term sickness. Employees receive long service leave of 28 days after 20 years.   

An annual physical competency allowance of $3,461 is paid to executive officers and managers who undertake the Physical Competency Assessment (PCA).