Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and
Emergency New Zealand Act 2017. The role of our new organisation is to reduce unwanted fires,
respond to structural and vegetation fires and other emergencies including motor vehicle crashes,
medical emergencies, hazardous substance related incidents, natural disasters and support increased
Our new, unified organisation provides a fire and emergency service that delivers for communities, and
the firefighters who serve them, now and in the future.
Senior Firefighters are members of a four-person crew, led by a Station or Senior Station Of icer. They
are the most experienced non-supervisory members of fire crews and contribute to reducing the
incidence and consequences of fire through risk reduction and response activities, and contributing to
response activities associated with other emergency incidents.
POSITION CONTEXT AND PURPOSE
The purpose of the Senior Firefighter role is to contribute to reducing the incidence and consequences
of fire by participating in fire prevention and fire loss reduction strategies within communities,
contributing to maintaining a state of response readiness, undertaking response activities at a wide
range of emergency incidents, assisting with post-incident recovery and restoration of response
SCOPE OF JOB
under the Official Information Act 1982
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES & DELIVERABLES
The job holder is responsible for delivering results in the following areas:
Undertake a range of activities and actions at an individual and crew level to ensure that the crew
maintains a state of operational readiness that enables a timely and effective response to emergency
Assist Of icer in developing and documenting a comprehensive understanding of the nature and
Released risk profile of the response area to enable an effective response
Support Of icer in co-ordinating activities to ensure the maintenance of operational skills
necessary for an effective response
• Co-ordinate the testing and maintenance of all equipment to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
standards to ensure it is constantly operationally ready
• Maintaining a working knowledge of all relevant statutory obligations and operational procedures to
• Identifying the resources required to respond effectively based on the risk profile and escalates
Respond, as a member of a crew, to emergency incidents within Fire and Emergency New Zealand
• Undertake all required activities at an emergency incident and as directed by the officer in charge.
This can include activities such as:
Operate pump/specialist appliance
Fire attack/exposure protection
Search and rescue
Isolate, contain, identify, make safe and decontaminate Hazardous Substances
Natural disaster events
Medical response and medical assist
• Ensure safety and direction of the crew in the absence of the officer
• Undertake dynamic risk assessment - Identifying potential hazards, take steps to eliminate, isolate,
minimize, report hazards to officer in charge and implement control measures
• Provide feedback to the officer regarding tactic effectiveness
• Operate specialist appliances such as Command vehicle, aerials etc.
Post-Incident Management Official
Undertake a range of activities post-incident response associated with clean-up, investigation and
restoration of operational readiness:
• Ensures scene preservation to enable fire investigation to be completed
• Monitors and ensure ongoing safety of crew during salvage
• Assisting in providing advice and support to victims
• Assist in the clean up and recovery of the incident site and restore the fire appliance and equipment
to full readiness for the next emergency
• Assist OIC with operational debriefing to ensure future operational effectiveness, including post-
• Report to OIC on firefighter welfare needs so these are addressed.
Community Risk Reduction
Undertake a range of activities focused on reducing fire risk within the Brigade's response area or wider
• Respond to public enquiries and provide advice on risk reduction to individuals, community groups,
and businesses within the Brigade's response area or wider community
• Deliver national risk reduction initiatives and programmes at a local level including FireWise, Home
Fire Safety Checks, other national initiatives as they are introduced
• Working with at-risk community groups to enhance fire safety knowledge and understanding.
Released Undertake a range of administrative functions associated with the core roles of response readiness,
incident response, and risk reduction.
• Maintains all relevant Fire and Emergency New Zealand databases (including the core Station
Management System - SMS) related to core operational, training, risk reduction and station
• Ensuring station supplies are maintained to appropriate levels to support effective running of
brigade and operational response.
Provide informal leadership to other brigade members in support of the Of icer in Charge and Area
• Leads by example in maintaining personal and operational standards for dress, turnout, behaviour
• Assisting with providing crew members with individual coaching to enhance skil s and capability.
Contribute to crew training activities focused on ensuring the crew has the required skil s to respond
effectively to emergencies and undertake risk reduction activities:
• Participate in al prescribed training activities, including brigade exercises, station training activities.
• Lead crew training activities.
Any other duties consistent with the position as may be required from time to time by the Station
Of icer/Senior Station Of icer.
SAFETY, HEALTH & WELLBEING - RESPONSIBILITIES
• Taking responsibility for their own safety, health and wellbeing and for their colleagues and others
they work alongside, as far as they are able
• Following policies, training and guidelines related to safety, health and wellbeing, including reporting
of injury and near miss events.
• Other crew and brigade members
• Volunteer brigades within Area
• Community groups
• Other brigades within Area
• Other Emergency Service Partners
• Area Management
• Building owners
• Fire Risk Management Of icers
• Volunteer Support Of icers
• Training Of icers
QUALIFICATIONS, ATTRIBUTES AND EXPERIENCE
Suitable candidates wil possess the following skil s/attributes: Essential
• Successful completion of all Fire and Emergency New Zealand Career TAPS Programmes up to
and including Senior Firefighter Level, or demonstrated competence to the same level
• Minimum of 2 years secondary schooling Minimum of 4 years as a firefighter Qualified Pump
• Significant knowledge and experience in applying fire suppression techniques Competent in the
use of MS Of ice suite and other Fire and Emergency New Zealand IT based systems and
• Maintains ability to meet prescribed fitness standards and pass regular fitness assessment
• Sound interpersonal skil s and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse
• Qualified Emergency Driver
• Qualified Specialist Appliance Operator/Driver
Organises self and works with others to carry out tasks and duties.
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1. Contributes to
1. Acts without
1. Establishes good
1. Gathers information
1. Maintains a client
favouritism or bias.
from a variety of
col aboratively as
focus in carrying out
outcomes aligned to
part of a team.
chal enges to extend
2. Adheres to
trust with others.
2. Understands the
values and code of
2. Is aware of the
2. Is open to the
2. Adheres to
2. Learns and reflects
2. Contributes to team
on how own
context to the
3. Leads by example
work style impact
they relate to
and maintains a
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on others and on
high level of
3. Operates within the
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3. Problem solves,
talent in others.
boundaries of their
seeks advice and
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focused on the
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open and frank
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manner and gains
and is aware of
peers and acts upon
the trust of others.
4. Prioritises work
4. Models behaviours
tasks aligned with
help when needed.
that are consistent
with the values and
5. Works with others
practices of the
5. Understands the
continues to work
need to see the ‘big
to achieve individual
5. Shares information
with the team.
6. Resolves inter-
personnel and inter-
processes fit within
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6. Recognises the need
for and adapts to