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Is it too early to say “less than 19 weeks until Christmas?”

It’s hard to believe we’re already three-quarters of the way through the year. We’re continuing to develop our new headquarters with the new Breathing Apparatus training room almost complete (more on that next issue).  Business is really starting to take off at our new Waikato and Taranaki offices and we’ve welcomed a number of significant new clients onboard, both locally and further afield.

Exciting times and lots more to come…

We’re already planning courses into next year, so if you’ve been thinking about booking courses but haven’t yet confirmed them with us, please do give us a call now on 0800 338 748.

Upcoming Public Courses

Floor / Fire Wardens:

An essential course for your organisation’s “go to” person in an emergency, be it fire, flood or earthquake. 

This 4-hour course will ensure your wardens are aware of their responsibilities, and through a combination of theoretical and practical training, ensure they know how to safely and effectively evacuate their designated areas.

Unit Standard:
18408 Demonstrate knowledge of fire and emergency warden duties in the workplace

More info... 

Confined Space Entry:

Did you know that according to the NZ Department of Labour it is up to 150 times more hazardous undertaking work in confined spaces as it is doing the same work in the open?

Make sure your personnel required to enter confined spaces understand the hazards of their environment with FETS Confined Space Entry Course.

Unit Standards:
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces
25510 Operate a suitable atmospheric testing device to determine if a suitable atmosphere exists to work safely
17599 Plan a confined space entry
3058 Perform gas testing for energy and chemical plant (on request)

More info... 

Check out the latest course calendar for dates and locations of these, and other upcoming public courses. And if you don’t see what you’re after, please do give Amber a call on 0800 338 748.

Health and Safety Reform Bill

Did you know, on average 73 people die on the job, per year in New Zealand (source:

The Health and Safety Reform Bill, which is part of the Government’s Working Safer reform package is currently before Parliament and on course to be passed later this year.

Are you up to speed with what this Bill could mean for your organisation?  You can find the latest updates and a summary of the changes here .

Martin Sutherland, Senior Instructor

A huge “shout out” to Martin Sutherland, FETS Senior Instructor, who, when he’s not in the classroom spends his 'spare' time honing his skills and taking part in firefighter related challenges. Since our last newsletter, Martin has competed in the United Fire Brigades Association (UFBA) Firefighter National Combat Challenge in Wellington, where he finished 14th in the over 40 male category and 66th overall.  Not much time to recover from this event, when he took part in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge in Auckland, as part of the Paraparaumu Volunteer Fire Brigade Team.  The latter event raised a whopping $1,035,922 for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.  You can still donate to the event here .

Well done Martin!
Photo credit: Derek Quinn

Trevor's Top Tip for August

Yes, the days are getting longer but there’s sure to be some winter surprises in store for us yet, so please do remember to check that your tyres, lights and wiper blades are up to the challenge of our changeable weather – and drive to the conditions, particularly if you’re heading for the slopes.  
More info here... 

Join us in the World’s Largest Earthquake Drill

15 October is International ShakeOut Day, a global initiative to educate everyone on the right actions to take in the event of an earthquake – and it’s particularly relevant to our shaky isles.
We’re supporting this initiative and encourage you to do so as well.   This is a perfect opportunity to test your business emergency management plan and following the drill, make any changes if required.  You’ll find loads of information and resources as well as details of how to sign up at
And we’d love to see your photos of your organisation’s participation.  Simply send your pics to Sandy, or upload them to our Facebook page
Earthquake drill

A School Holiday Programme with a Difference

FETS instructors Trevor Moss, Sam Coleman and Scott McPake were delighted to deliver basic emergency management training to a group of 20 youngsters, aged 15-19 at two different programmes (Tawa and Kilbirnie) in the last school holidays.
The project, a collaboration between Youth in Emergency Services (YES) and UFBA, aims to give youngsters hands-on experience in a safe environment, giving them the skills and confidence to deal with emergency situations.
Internal Affairs Minister, the Honourable Mr Peter Dunne visited the Tawa programme and said it was encouraging to see the next wave of volunteers coming through and was impressed by their skills and camaraderie.
Trevor Moss agrees, saying “Many groups take a couple of days to gel, but this group operated really well together and by the end of day one any barriers that may have been in place had disappeared.  They were a pleasure to teach.”
You can find out more about the programme here.
And last but definitely not least…
A very warm welcome to Hutt District Health Board.  We have just started working with this organisation to upskill almost 400 staff in fire safety at Hutt Hospital.
“FETS is excited to be working with the HVDHB to train their Heretaunga Block staff in how to suppress fires and evacuate their building.  This will be tailored training to their very unique circumstances, giving staff the confidence they need to respond in an emergency.”
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