What we research

Fire and Emergency New Zealand recognises the value of acquiring, using and sharing research based knowledge. Research plays an important role in policy development, decision-making and service improvement. Fire and Emergency commissions and uses research to support its strategic priorities.

Our current research portfolio includes:

  • School Programme Evaluation - New Zealand Council for Education Research
  • Fatal Fire Risk Factors - Injury Prevention Unit, Otago University
  • Improving the accuracy of assessing grass curing - Scion
  • Public injury and fatalities at controlled burns - Scion
  • Non-fire incidents and resilience - Shore and Whāriki Research Centre, Massey University
  • Understanding non-fatal fire related injuries in NZ - Injury Prevention Unit, Otago University
  • Understanding the volunteer firefighter journey - Shore and Whāriki Research Centre, Massey University
  • Becoming a career firefighter - Litmus
  • Understanding firefighters’ accessibility and acceptability of technology for training purposes - Litmus
  • The cost of unwanted alarms – Business and Economic Research Limited

If you have any queries about the commissioned research or tendering process, please email research@fireandemergency.nz


Fire and Emergency New Zealand is pleased to working with the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre in Australia to offer two PhD studentships. These studentships will cover:

Priority research area one - Understanding the need for, availability of, and interpretation of information by the public during large scale hazard events (e.g. wildfires, floods, earthquakes).

Priority research area twoBuilding community engagement to support behaviour change, leading to improved fire safety and community resilience.

Students awarded a scholarship are required to enrol for study through a New Zealand university, and they will be linked into related research from the CRC's core research program. Applications that include co-supervision with leading researchers from Australia will be highly regarded. The CRC can assist in identifying co-supervisors. Students receiving a scholarship are expected to engage regularly with an industry supervisor based in FENZ to build their knowledge of how their research will be utilised, to gain an appreciation of how to present research information to less research-aware communities and to expand their personal networks. Successful scholarship holders will receive NZ$28,500 per year for up to 3.5 years under the scholarship program. All scholarships will be paid to, and managed by, the university in which the student is enrolled.

For further information please see http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/education