Background

Under the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017, Fire and Emergency is required to establish Local Advisory Committees to inform our local and national planning, and ensure services we provide are responsive to the needs of communities. The Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Local Advisory Committees) Regulations 2018 set out how LACs should be set up and run.

Hawke’s Bay LAC trial

From February to May 2018, Fire and Emergency ran a trial LAC in the Hawke’s Bay. This informed the final design for LACs including how they should work, what skills LAC members should have, and how their advice will feed into our planning processes.

Importantly, the trial confirmed that LACs will enable Fire and Emergency to better connect with and broaden its existing reach into communities, to facilitate risk and need conversations to inform local planning.