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Hello <<First Name>>

With just a week now until Christmas, it's the perfect time to thank you for your support. It's been an amazing year for us here at FETS, with the establishment of our new national headquarters, increased growth in the regions, wonderful clients (new and old), partnership agreements and just so much fun and inspirational moments with our youth development programme students. 

We're taking a wee break to recharge our batteries and the offices will be closed from Tuesday 22 December 2015 until Monday 11 January 2016.  We've just launched our brand new website though, so if you'd like more info on any of our courses during that time, please do check it out at  A number of public courses are already scheduled for the first quarter of 2016, more info below.

Thank you once again for choosing FETS for your workplace fire and emergency management training.  We really do appreciate your support.
With best wishes for a happy and relaxing Christmas.  Stay safe... (and don't be a BBQ warrior!  Use baking soda to control a grease fire and keep a fire extinguisher handy.  If you don't have one, keep a bucket of sand or a garden hose close).

See you in 2016!

Trevor, Dave, Sandy and the FETS' team.

Trevor's Top Tip

Make sure any temporary or part-time staff are aware of your H&S policies and company procedures and have had the relevant training.  

You don't want your Christmas holiday ruined by a workplace incident when you're not there!

Shipshape and setting sail for the new season

We've been flat out recently with STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) training. 

FETS is accredited by Maritime NZ to deliver this programme, which is a practical marine course covering water safety and rescue which meets the requirements for working on ships around the world, including Super Yachts.

These particular courses were for the new Interislander crews, including a number of attendees from overseas.  Check out a selection of photos below or visit our Facebook page for the full album.

Want to know more about this course?  Please contact Amber on 0800 338 748 or email
BA checks
Foam blanket
Snow team
Flares survival at sea
French crew

2016 Courses

Confined Space Entry  |  More info

Wednesday, 10th February 2016 (Refresher)
Wednesday, 17th February 2016
Thursday, 18th February 2016

Fire Extinguisher  | More info

Monday, 7th March 2016

Floor Warden/Fire WardenMore info

Monday, 7th March 2016

Working at Height | More info

Tuesday, 8th March 2016

Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers...

Remember you need to have achieved your CPD points by end March 2016.  Don't leave it to the last minute; book your courses before you head off on holidays and it's one less thing to worry about when you get back in the new year.
For more info and to BOOK A COURSE visit

Local Mayor visits FETS

We were delighted to welcome Upper Hutt Mayor, Wayne Guppy and Economic Development Manager, Phil Gorman for a visit this week. The local council has been incredibly supportive of our move to new premises and with this phase of upgrades to our training facilities, storage area and classrooms complete, it was a good time to show them around.
Upper Hutt Mayor, Wayne Guppy extinguishing a fire under the watchful eye of Course Instructor Shane Hegan.
Upper Hutt Economic Development Manager, Phil Gorman trying out the new Confined Space Entry / Emergency Management training room for size.
How big?  Dave McPake, FETS Director and the Mayor discussing their latest catch - or not!

Heartwarming feedback

We recently received this from Izzy Baxter, the Gateway/Careers Administrator at Kapiti College.  

"my mother had a cardiac arrest five weeks ago in front of Sara-Anne and myself, so we had 2 perform CPR until the medics arrived and Sara-Anne basically saved mum's life thanks to the (FETS) course she attend at Kapiti College so our family wishes to thank you for giving Sara-Anne this life saving opportunity. Mum has had two heart operations since, and has been discharged from the hospital so life has been very busy going forwards and backwards to Wellington Hospital and visiting mum and dad now they are at their home, we are so fortunate to have a second chance with mum, life is to be treasured."

Encouraging, training and upskilling our youth is something we are incredibly passionate about at FETS. It's training you hope you won't ever need, but can be literally life-saving when you do.  And definitely a worthwhile new year's resolution for any teenagers you know!
Amber Mansfield, Course Coordinator
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