Women in Fire and Emergency New Zealand (WFENZ) is a group of female career and volunteer firefighters across fire servicesÂ in New Zealand who have come together to promote and facilitate the participation and success of women in fire and emergency roles in New Zealand.
WFENZ aims to create a safe, inclusive environment to encourage diversity and acknowledge our unique strengths as women.
Promoting success and inspiring others through sharing our stories.
Providing opportunities to network and make connections with other women in fire and emergency roles.
Sharing ideas and advice, and discussing issues faced by women.
A key focus for us is to connect women in fire and emergency roles. There are a number of ways you can get involved, visit our networking page to find out more or email us now firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women that are already in the fire services are invited to join our Facebook group.
We are appreciative of the support we have received from the New Zealand Fire Service and the Professionals Firefighters Union. Both parties were happy to provide their endorsement for our work and we have reproduced it here.
Women have been contributing their skills and time to our fire services for decades. Yet despite their incredibly valuable contribution, they still make up a very small proportion of our career workforce and volunteers, I want that to change.Itâ€™s important to me that our women are respected, supported and encouraged to grow and progress. That can sometimes be tough when youâ€™re a minority.
I fully support the work of Women in Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Itâ€™s time to change our old mind-sets, and itâ€™s absolutely essential our fire services reflect the variety of people out there in our communities.
WFENZ is an initiative by our women, for our women, and Iâ€™m excited to get behind their work to make the fire services an even better place in which to work and contribute.
National Commander/Chief Executive Officer
New Zealand Fire Service
The New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union (NZPFU) is pleased to continue its support of Women in Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
From its inception in 2001, the group has provided a forum within which issues specific to women in fire and emergency industries can be debated and determined.
It is worth noting that within the jurisdiction of the three International Unions the N.Z. Firefighters Union particularly link with â€“ U.F.U. of Australia, F.B.U. of the U.K. and the I.A.F.F. (North America) â€“ there are similar Firefighter Womenâ€™s Groups and these Unions similarly offer their Womenâ€™s Group their similar support.
New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union