Port Hills Operational Review

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Port Hills Operational Review

Fire and Emergency New Zealand requested an independent review into the operational response to the Port Hills Fires. The review was conducted by Alan Goodwin of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC).

The then New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) and National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA) commissioned AFAC to conduct an independent operational review of the event to learn from the response. The focus of the review was to make recommendations on how the now newly unified Fire and Emergency New Zealand will carry out its duties in the future.

Below you will find all key documents associated with the review and the Port Hills fires.

Review Documents

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OIA Documentation

  • 111 calls from the public [PDF, 1MB]
    Transcripts of the calls received from the public by our Southern Communications Centre between 7am and 7pm on 15 February
  • Correspondence [PDF, 2.2MB]
    Key written correspondence between senior leadership during the two weeks following the start of the Port Hills fires.
  • Fire Modelling [PDF, 1.3MB]
    The use of fire modelling systems or tools gives the Incident Management Teams at medium-large scale wildfires an indication of how the fire is likely to behave over a certain period of time.
  • Incident Action Plans [PDF, 7.6MB]
    Incident Action Plans are a tool commonly used during medium-large scale events to ensure that all relevant personnel are aware of the directions being issued by the Incident Management Team.
  • Costs [PDF, 1.1MB]
    Costs associated with the Port Hills Fires.
  • SMS Report [PDF, 1.6MB]
    The SMS report is produced by our automated records held by the Communications Centre.
  • Situation Report [PDF, 19.5MB]
    Situation reports are a tool commonly used during medium-large scale events to ensure all relevant stakeholders are kept informed of the situation and the response being provided. 

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