What we research

Fire and Emergency New Zealand recognises the value of acquiring, using and sharing research based knowledge. Research plays an important role in policy development, decision-making and service improvement. Fire and Emergency commissions and uses research to support its strategic priorities.

Our current research portfolio includes:

  • Understanding non-fatal fire related injuries in NZ - Injury Prevention Unit, Otago University
  • Understanding the volunteer firefighter journey - Shore and Whāriki Research Centre, Massey University
  • Becoming a career firefighter - Litmus
  • Toxicity of building contents in building fires
  • Firefighting water supplies
  • Lithium batteries - what's the problem?
  • Pigeon Valley Fire Evacuation experience
  • Testing the Collective Action Model to support Lifestyle Block Owners


If you have any queries about the commissioned research or tendering process, please email research@fireandemergency.nz