Our Proud Employer campaign and profiles

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Our Proud Employer campaign and profiles

Many New Zealand communities don’t realise over 80% of our people are volunteers or that their employers play a vital role in releasing them to respond to incidents. We want to change that. 

We’ve started a ‘new tradition’ with a Proud Employer mark and campaign to help communities recognise businesses that support us, as part of our crew.

We collaborated with our volunteers and their employers to create our mark and to feature in our campaign. Here are their stories.

Ken Keenan, self-employed sheep farmer
Ken and his family have run a sheep farm in Southland for more than 33 years, with Ken volunteering with his local brigade for the past 25 years Read more ...

Peter Barker and Kate Heynes of Peter Barker Accountants
As a small-town family business, Peter Barker Accountants understand the importance of serving their community Read more ...

Russ and Pete of Marsh's Honey
Russ Marsh and his wife Trudie of Marsh’s Honey are third-generation New Zealand beekeepers based in Central Otago. Together, they support their employee Pete Dacy to respond to local incidents Read more ...

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie and Roger McLenaghen of Lincoln University
Playing an active role in its local community is part of Lincoln University – including supporting faculty members and students to volunteer for Fire and Emergency Read more ...

Ben and Yonni Kepes of Cactus Outdoor
Father and son Ben and Yonni Kepes of Cactus Outdoor also volunteer for the same brigade. Read more ...

Huipeng Fang of Tairua Shores Motel, Coromandel
Huipeng Fang loves his job as owner operator of Tairua Shores Motel, but also volunteering for his local fire brigade and saving lives is “priceless”. Read more ...

Bevan Ritchie and Belinda Wehrle of Apparelmaster
From the start, Bevan Ritchie of Apparelmaster has fully supported his employee Belinda to respond to incidents during work hours. Read  more ...

John Burns of WheroNet
John Burns and his wife Lydia own Wheronet which connects the rural Onewhero community to broadband internet. John also helps his neighbours in emergencies as a volunteer firefighter Read more ...

Louis van Wyk of Tongariro Crossing Lodge
When National Park Volunteer Fire Brigade asked Louis van Wyk to join them, he didn’t think he’d have the time or job flexibility to be a volunteer firefighter and run the Tongariro Crossing Lodge. However, after a bit of persuasion from the Chief Fire Officer he decided he’d give it a go and he hasn’t looked back! Read more ...

Jodie Rainsford – Jodie James Photography
Jodie Rainsford is a woman of many talents. She juggles her time between acting as Station Officer for Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade, and her photography and marketing businesses. Read more ...

Derek Miller of Bay Painting Services, Paihia
Since he was teenager the owner of Bay Painting Services Derek Miller couldn’t wait to join the local volunteer fire brigade. In 2016, he finally joined the brigade after setting down in Paihia. Read more ...