Entry requirements: Security check

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Entry requirements: Security check

If you want to volunteer for Fire and Emergency New Zealand, you must first agree to a security check.

Being a volunteer comes with a number of responsibilities and privileges. It's also a position that comes with a lot of trust and integrity. For that reason, we need to make sure everyone who represents Fire and Emergency New Zealand is appropriate to do so.

Our security check procedures have been developed in accordance with privacy legislation, which means:

  • Individuals must give us their permission for checks to be conducted.
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand will only use the information for the purpose that it was obtained.
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand will safeguard the privacy of that information.

Process 

As a part of the volunteer application process you'll be required to complete a security form - this form authorises us to undertake a criminal activity check. If you don't give permission to conduct the check, your application will not proceed any further. 

 

Criminal Conviction Security Check

This guide provides information for applicants who want to join Fire and Emergency NZ but have a criminal conviction. It does not cover all situations and should be used as a guide only. Each situation will be assessed on merit.

A.      Convictions for arson

You will not be able to join Fire and Emergency NZ if you have:

  • been convicted of arson in the last seven years, or
  • ever received a custodial sentence for arson.

B.      Convictions in the last seven years

You will not be able to join Fire and Emergency NZ if you have been convicted of any of the following in the last seven years:

  • sexual offences
  • theft, fraud, perjury or other dishonesty offences
  • offences punishable by 2 or more-year term in prison

C.      Convictions in the last five years

If you have one conviction, for any crime other than those listed in A or B above, and the sentence was not imprisonment, the conviction is unlikely to prevent you joining Fire and Emergency NZ.

If you have received one conviction in the last five years, but were given a prison sentence, it is unlikely that you will be able to join Fire and Emergency NZ

If you have received more than one conviction in the last five years (regardless of the sentence) you are unlikely to be able to join Fire and Emergency NZ.

D.      Driving related offences

Parking and speeding offences will not normally affect your application. Unpaid fines will affect your application. More serious driving offences are covered under B.

E.       Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004

Refer to www.Justice.Govt.NZ/criminal-records/clean-slate  to see if you meet the ‘Clean Slate’ criteria.