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.

Update from public consultation on local fire plans

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Update from public consultation

Thank you to those that submitted feedback on the draft fire plans. All input was carefully considered and made a real difference in helping us improve and finalise all fire plans.


The formal consultation ran from 28 April to 9 June 2021. We received feedback online, by email and through social media comments on ads promoting the consultation.

We received 155 formal submissions from the consultation and each fire plan received feedback (ranging from three to 19 items per plan). Eight organisations and two members of the public provided feedback spanning all plans. These perspectives have been broadly grouped into the following sectors:

  • Forestry
  • Farming & horticulture
  • Territorial Local Authorities (Regional, District & City Councils)
  • Conservation
  • Emergency preparedness 
  • Infrastructure related organisations
  • Other landowners
  • Members of the public

Themes from the submissions for the fire plans included air quality, fire breaks, fireworks, fire hazards and risks, powerlines, publicity methods for fire bans/restrictions, rubbish fires and trigger thresholds. There was some additional commentary about other issues outside the scope of fire plans, such as property access in the built and natural environments, controlled house burns, and content more suitable for response plans.

You can read our overview of the submissions received here.