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November 2015

NEWSLETTER

Hello <<First Name>>

Since our last newsletter, we've had a few good shakes here in the Wellington region. And as we started writing this issue last week, witnessed extensive flooding and houses cut off not far from our offices. Just another reminder from Mother Nature to be prepared!  

Trevor's Top Tip


Have an emergency kit with you at work and/or in your car. You just never know when you're going to be cut off from home.  

You can find more info on what you need for a mobile emergency kit here.
Workwise, it's all go as companies squeeze in the last of their training before the Christmas and New Year break.  If there is anything you need covered before the end of the year, please do contact us today.

We'll be finishing for the year on Tuesday 22nd December, reopening Monday 11th January.  We're already taking bookings well into the first quarter of 2016, so now is also a good time to talk to us about your training needs for next year. 

Our New Height Safety Equipment Inspectors - on top of the world!


Congratulations to FETS instructors, Martin Sutherland and Shane Hegan, who have just completed the Height Safety Equipment Inspector course.  The purpose of this course is to "ensure that organisations are capable of inspecting specific equipment to ensure it is safe to operate and use."

Successful completion of the course qualifies these instructors to inspect safety equipment such as "harnesses, lanyards, fall arrest devices, rope grabs, inertia reels, tripods and rope rescue devices."  
  
Unfortunately this course isn't currently available in New Zealand, so Martin and Shane had to pop over to Sydney.  Bet that was tough!

The upside of this is that we are now able to not only inspect our own equipment but also offer another service to our clients.  Watch this space... 
FETS Sydney Harbour Bridge

Did you ShakeOut NZ?


According to the official website, over 1.36 million kiwis took part in the ShakeOut NZ drill on 15 October. And that's just those individuals and organisations who registered as taking part, so the unofficial number is likely to be much higher.  

You can find out more here, including photos and videos submitted by participants around the country. And if you'd like some help with your emergency preparedness for your organisation, please give Amber a call on 0800 338 748 and ask about our Civil Defence and Emergency Response courses.

However... not everyone quite understood the communications around the drill.  Check this out.
Dianne Pulham from Upper Hutt company Synthesis Marketing, sent us this photo of her participation in ShakeOut NZ.

Buzzing at the Beehive


It was a school trip with a difference for a group of teenagers who this month attended a Parliamentary Presentation to acknowledge their successful completion of the emergency management Youth Development Programme.  

The programme, delivered by FETS in association with the United Fire Brigades Association and Ministry of Youth Development, provides safety awareness, risk management and emergency response training to teenagers. 

Forty plus students from 14 Wellington region schools, attended the event along with their proud parents and teachers.

Each student was presented with a framed certificate by Trevor Moss, FETS Managing Director and Hon Peter Dunne, Minister for Internal Affairs.  Also in attendance were Bill Butzbach (UFBA) and Dave Key (NZ Fire Service).
parliamentary presentation 4

Health Focus


No... not the latest update on Health and Safety legislation... but a health initiative to be applauded at one of our clients' facilities.
 
Fonterra Whareroa is currently running a Biggest Loser Competition. Over 150 people have taken up the challenge "to become a better you" which finishes just before Christmas.  And we were delighted to donate a spot prize of a swim pass for Hawera Pools for one lucky participant. 

Best of luck to everyone who is taking part and well done on your progress to date. Keep us posted!

Finally...

 

Impac Partnership


We're delighted to announce that we have just signed an agreement with Impac Risk and Safety Management Solutions to work together to provide an extended range of health and safety training to NZ clients.  


Milene Haakman, Training Practice Leader at Impac said, "We are pleased to be working with FETS as we are both quality focused training providers and we have complimentary training services that provide a whole approach for our respective clients." 

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