Leadership

New Zealand Fire Service Reflects Both British and American Influence

Issue 6 and Volume 133.

New Zealand Fire Service Reflects Both British and American Influence Green Mt., Ala., Vol. Fire Dept. I do not travel anywhere without trying to stop in at the local fire department, not even, or especially in an overseas area. In New Zealand, 3rd Officer Bailie was my host and assigned Station Officer S. O. Mills and a car to me. Mills showed me both the Auckland Fire Brigade and several suburban volunteer brigades. Until recently, the New Zealand fire service paralleled our own in historical development. The first brigades, even in large cities, were volunteer and independent. Later, cities such as Auckland went to paid brigades, but the rural, suburban and smaller towns remain volunteer. In 1949, the federal government of New Zealand passed an act providing standardization of organization, administration and training. This was later expanded and in 1976, the New Zealand Fire Service Commission received full authority over…

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