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Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer - Central North Island

Fire and Emergency New Zealand
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Bay of Plenty - Rotorua
Bay of Plenty
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Reporting to the Principal Rural Fire Officer
  • Responsible for aspects of operational service delivery across the 4 R's - reduction, readiness, response and recovery
  • Based in Rotorua

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2017. The role of our new organisation is to reduce unwanted fires, respond to structural and vegetation fires and other emergencies including motor vehicle crashes, medical emergencies, hazardous substance related incidents, natural disasters and support increased community resilience.

We are looking for a Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer (DPRFO) for the Pumicelands geographic district, although this role will have functional responsibilities across the region. The DPRFO is responsible for assisting the Principal Rural Fire Officer (PRFO) in the operational performance and management of rural fire within a specified geographical area, providing support to the PRFO in the management, co-ordination and delivery of operational activities. The DPRFO will also have responsibilities to assist with the implementation and maintenance of systems and processes across the Central North Island Region and to provide support to other PRFOs within the region as required.

You will be responsible for coordinating or supporting a reduction programme designed to reduce the risk of rural wildfires, ensuring the state of readiness for rural fire control. Supporting response systems and incident management teams for rural fire emergencies and supporting recovery programmes including ensuring that any requirements relating to post incident reporting, analysis and other recovery policies are carried out will also form part of the role.

Supporting the PRFO on transitional arrangements with Territorial Local Authority's, the forestry industry and the Department of Conservation, to enable a seamless transfer of services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and minimal impact from a customer and operational perspective is key.

To be successful in this role you will bring enthusiasm and experience in management of rural fire control across reduction, readiness, response and recovery. You will also have experience in incident management at an Operations Manager level, the implementation and maintenance of response call out systems, knowledge of fire depot management & auditing, experience of developing and experience of maintaining effective working relationships with DOC management and with the rural maori community would be an advantage. Having an understanding of volunteering and the best approaches to engaging volunteers effectively is key alongside your excellent communication and relationship building skills.

Please go to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand vacancies page to complete an online application.

Send completed application form along with supporting documents by 12pm Monday, 24 July 2017.

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