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

Statement from Fire and Emergency Chief Executive Kerry Gregory

Statement from Fire and Emergency Chief Executive Kerry Gregory

It was with a heavy heart last night we received the news that our Muriwai firefighter Craig Stevens, who was rescued in the early hours of Tuesday morning from the Muriwai landslide, would no longer be with us.

Craig died in hospital last night, surrounded by his loved ones, after fighting valiantly till the end.

My thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s family, and with the family of his firefighter friend Dave van Zwanenberg, whose body was recovered on Wednesday.

This tragic incident has been a heavy blow for the two families, their friends, colleagues in the Muriwai Volunteer Fire Brigade, and the Muriwai community; and it touches all of us, not just in the Fire and Emergency NZ whanau, but emergency services Internationally and all New Zealanders.

This is an awful reminder of the risks our firefighters and those involved in emergency response are exposed to every day while protecting and supporting others.

I have received messages of condolences for the tragic loss of our firefighters from far and wide and I endorse the words of our Minister Barbara Edmonds, in that we thank the families for sharing their loved ones with all New Zealanders and we are indebted to them.

Craig’s family requests privacy at this difficult time.

Craig and Dave died helping others, working with their team-mates for the benefit of their community. As we mourn them both, we will think of them with pride.

E te ika hui rua. Moe mai rā.

As we work through our loss, I would also like to acknowledge everybody else who has been affected by the events of this week across the motu, particularly those who have lost their homes, communities, and tragically, loved ones.

There is still uncertainty for many of us about what the immediate future holds.

Kia kaha, our thoughts are with you all.