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.

2024 Fire Plans consultation

Fire and Emergency’s consultation to review Fire Plans has now closed.

District teams will review public and stakeholder submissions, finalise and publish final Fire Plans on our website on 22 July 2024.

Meanwhile, if you have a question for the Fire Plans Project team, email fireplans@fireandemergency.nz

What is a Fire Plan?

A Fire Plan provides transparency and predictability for how Fire and Emergency will use its fire control powers, outlining the particular fire risk conditions that exist or are likely to exist for the local area and sets out the policies and procedures at a local level for the management of risks relating to fire. Each Fire Plan outlines, specific to each local area, things like:

  • what prohibitions or restrictions on the use of fire might apply, including what triggers we will use for those restrictions
  • how firebreaks may reasonably be considered necessary for the purpose of fire control
  • removal or destruction of vegetation or other things that could increase the fire risk.

Fire Plans include information on things like local demographics and environmental factors that are relevant to our work to reduce risks from fire and to manage the potential impacts if one occurs.

When developing these local Fire Plans, Fire and Emergency carefully considers the fire-risk profile and conditions specific to each local area.

Why did this consultation happen?

Fire Plans are required under Section 22 of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 (the Act) and under the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Plans) Regulations 2018 (Regulations). The first generation of Fire Plans created under the Act were developed and published in 2021.

As part of these regulations, Fire and Emergency must review and amend Fire Plans for each local area (reflecting either a Local Advisory Committee or a Territorial Local Authority boundary) at least once every three years and at the time of any significant change to the boundaries and other Fire Control Measures of the local area to ensure Fire Plans reflect the changing nature of communities and emerging risks they face.

Current Fire Plans