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Title: New Fire and Rescue Legislation Presentation to Annual Conference of the NZ Professional Fire Fighters Union 23 November 2004


1
New Fire and Rescue LegislationPresentation to
Annual Conference of the NZ Professional Fire
Fighters Union23 November 2004
  • Norman Preston, Department of Internal Affairs
  • Project Manager, Review of Fire Legislation

2
New Fire and Rescue Legislation
  • what are the problems?
  • mandate and scope for the project
  • whats happening now in the process?
  • options for the future

3
What are the problems? (1)
  • the lack of a fully integrated management
    framework
  • less efficient use of resources
  • gaps
  • boundary issues
  • lack of clarity over some accountabilities

4
What are the problems? (2)
  • shortcomings in the mandate for rescue work
  • inequitable funding arrangements
  • disparity in services between urban and rural
    areas
  • blurring of lines between urban and rural areas
    with semi-urban developments

5
There is no crisis!
  • things work well on the ground!
  • but some firefighters are legally exposed
  • statutory processes are cumbersome, and
  • dual system makes for less efficient resource
    allocation.

6
The mandate
  • a single piece of legislation
  • recognise that firefighters carry out rescue work
  • DIA develop in close consultation with local
    government and the Fire Service Commission
  • a property-based funding scheme

7
Integrated legislation
  • presently have two pieces of legislation
  • FSA 1975
  • FRFA 1977
  • one piece of legislation does not necessarily
    mean a single provider
  • changing legislation also gives opportunity to
    make major changes

8
Rescue mandate
  • general rescue operations now a considerable
    activity
  • mandate poor for urban firefighters to do rescue
    work
  • no mandate for rural firefighters for more than
    fire
  • need to include rescue mandate in legislation

9
Consultation partners
  • Local government (major rural FA role)
  • Fire Service Commission (urban system)

10
Significance of the changes (i)
  • Some parties will have a particular interest in
    any new fire managment organisation
  • forestry sector will want to know risks being
    managed appropriately and firefighting capability
    in place
  • farming sector issues of coverage, land access
    and liability for fires
  • communities will want to ensure their ownership
    of brigades is maintained

11
Significance of the changes (ii)
  • other rescue services will be concerned about
    interface issues and integration of operations
  • local government will want to ensure that
    property taxes pay for efficient and effective
    services
  • central government will want to ensure that any
    new system is no less efficient than the current
    system ie no more costly for the same work

12
Significance of the changes (iii)
  • new environment
  • new opportunities
  • new challenges

13
What do we need to safeguard?
  • recognise the effective operational systems in
    place
  • ensure professional firefighters utilized to full
    advantage
  • maintain the momentum of growing regional
    cooperation in rural fire
  • ensure that volunteers encouraged and developed

14
What has happened?
  • DIA engaging with key stakeholders
  • Website established (www.dia.govt.nz/whats
    new/Review of fire legislation)
  • FLAG Reference Group established
    (Tsy/DPMC/MCDEM/FSC/LGNZ)
  • DIA finalising the first of two discussion
    documents

15
Approximate timetable
  • discussion document on structure/governance and
    mandate issues by end 2004
  • discussion document on funding in 2005
  • legislation in Parliament 2006

16
What to expect of new legislation
  • Enabling framework
  • Removes prescriptive elements (eg districts
    probably statutory officers)
  • Focus on management system
  • Functions rather than managers
  • Removes redundant provisions
  • Financial issues largely covered by PF Act
  • Organisational issues by Crown entities
    legislation

17
Options
  • Pure national model
  • Modified status quo
  • National model with regional input

18
Pure National Model
  • Single new fire and rescue organisation
  • Crown entity with Board accountable to Minister
  • Responsible for urban and rural fire plus other
    rescue
  • Full management powers to Chief Executive
  • Contracting out for special interest groups which
    can meet minimum national standards (eg DoC/
    forestry companies.)

19
A national model (option one)
Department of Internal Affairs (Advisor)
  Minister
New Zealand Fire and Rescue Board

Chief Executive
20
Modified Status quo
  • Retains separation of urban and rural fire
    delivery and management
  • Single piece of legislation tidied
    up/modernised
  • Clarified division of responsibilities/ambiguities
    removed
  • Rescue mandate expanded
  • One form of firefighter brigade

21
A modified status quo (option two)
Minister
Department of Internal Affairs (Advisor)
New Zealand Fire and Rescue Board
National Rural Advisory Board
Chief Executive
Fire Authorities
National Rural Fire Officer
National Director of Operations
Principal Rural Fire Officers
Chief Fire Officer
22
National model regional input
  • National delivery of services
  • New Crown entity/board/Minister accountability
  • Responsible for rural and urban fire plus other
    rescue
  • Statutory requirement for regional consultation
    (local committees or boards)
  • Boundaries would coincide with regional
    government ones
  • Contracting out

23
National-regional model (option three)
Minister
 
Department of Internal Affairs (Advisor)
New Zealand Fire and Rescue Board
Chief Executive
                       
National Director of Operations
Advisory Board (including farmer, / forestry,
/property- owner, interests, local government,
Department of Conservation interests/DoC)
Regional Director of Operations
(Regions based on regional council boundaries)
24
Which way? (fin)
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