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

Independent Muriwai Accident Investigation

Following the deaths of two Fire and Emergency volunteer firefighters, Craig Stevens and Dave van Zwanenberg, in February 2023, Fire and Emergency commissioned an independent investigation to identify all the factors that contributed to this tragic event. 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a close whānau and this continues to be an awful reminder of the risks our firefighters can be exposed to on any given day. 

This investigation was not conducted to attribute fault, blame or liability for what happened. It was undertaken to ensure Fire and Emergency can learn from this catastrophic event and to reduce the risk of something like this happening in the future. 

As adverse events like Cyclone Gabrielle become more common and unpredictable, we need to be agile, adapting our knowledge and training as the types of emergencies we respond to change.   

Work is underway to address the report’s conclusions. Some of this work was underway prior to this event and has now been completed. 

Read the Independent Muriwai Accident Investigation Report.