Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer

Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer

Listed: Dec 06, 2017
Permanent – full-time
Closing: Dec 19, 2017
Otago / Central Otago
Community services & development

• Opportunity to make a difference to your communities
• Location dependent successful applicant
• Permanent fulltime role

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2017. Our new, unified organisation provides services designed to deliver better outcomes for New Zealand’s communities in terms of emergency prevention and response.

We now have a vacancy for an experienced operational rural firefighter with knowledge of the legal requirements for rural fire control and who ideally holds the required unit standards for the position of Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer. Location depends on the successful applicant.

The key focus of the role is strategic risk reduction along with your operational experience. This means engaging with local communities, stakeholders and key operational personnel across the region to implement fire prevention and education programmes to reduce the consequence and impact of rural wildfires. You will also provide operational capability across Southland and Otago to ensure:
• Readiness – leading and managing a specific portfolio area of
responsibility within the district to ensure the state of readiness for rural fire control both across the district and within a specific geographical area
• Response – providing expertise to response systems and incident management teams for rural fire emergencies
• Recovery – ensuring that any requirements relating to post incident reporting, analysis and other recovery policies are carried out

We need the following skills and attributes:
• Adaptable, and able to demonstrate leadership capability across a wide variety of stakeholders
• Strategic understanding of rural risk management
• Understanding of volunteering and experience engaging effectively with volunteers
• Current drivers licence (heavy traffic licence desirable)
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong stewardship ad customer service focus
• Able to work autonomously at times but also in collaboration with colleagues
• Self-motivated, with a can-do attitude

This is your chance to work for an organisation that supports each and every community across the country. In return we offer competitive remuneration and tool of trade vehicle along with a positive and supportive work environment.

If you want to hear more about the role, then call Graeme Still, Principal Rural Fire Officer for Otago on 027 437 0903 or email him on or send your completed application form along with supporting documents to

Applications close 5pm Tuesday, 19 December 2017.