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.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

A big thanks to Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s nearly 12,000 volunteers

A big thanks to Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s nearly 12,000 volunteers

"Volunteers are the backbone of New Zealand’s fire response, and every day we are grateful for their commitment, skill and professionalism," Fire and Emergency New Zealand Chief Executive Kerry Gregory says.

"Nearly twelve thousand people volunteer for Fire and Emergency, protecting the communities they live in, 24/7, 365 days a year," he says.

"Volunteers make up 80 percent of our workforce across the motu and we couldn’t run this organisation without them.

"They serve as firefighters, operational support personnel, medical first responders and brigade support and respond to a range of emergencies, not just fires. They also help to spread the word about fire safety in their communities," Kerry Gregory says.

"They are ordinary New Zealanders from all walks of life who are totally committed to serving their communities and who frequently go above and beyond to keep their communities safe and supported.

"We see this again and again, including during the severe weather events last year, and the spate of long duration wildfires this year.

"Next week is National Volunteer Week, and we’re putting a spotlight on our volunteers. We’re asking everyone to join us in thanking our volunteers for generously donating their time, effort and family life to serve and protect their communities.

"There's another group of people whose support is critical to our volunteers’ emergency response - their whānau and employers, and we thank them too, " Kerry Gregory says.

"Reach out and say thank you to Fire and Emergency volunteers and their support people, it’s so simple but it will mean a lot."