Members are advised that contrary to Regional Update 78/2008, the Auckland Local has not agreed to initiate the use of the 405 or 408 forms.

Some time ago, the Local agreed to a trial of the 408 form in the North Shore Fire District at East Coast Bays and Albany Stations. The results of this trial were to have been analysed by an Auckland Local Representative and a Fire Service appointed representative. This process has not been followed, no analysis has taken place and consequently the Auckland Local instructs its members not to take part in any proposed training for either the 405 or 408 forms until such time as the Local’s representative advises the Local Committee that the proposed building surveys (405) and the Fire Safety Survey (408) forms are acceptable for union members to work with.

The Auckland Local has great concerns that it has not even been advised of the existence of the 405 form which we see as “street scanning” by another name. The proposed process will require members to rate the risk of premises from a “front seat” assessment of a building, which we are deeply concerned will result in some buildings being rated considerably less of a risk than they should be, with the consequent reduction in response and increase in the danger to firefighters.

There is also the danger that should an officer assess the risk of a building as low and then an incident occurs which causes injury to a member of the public or firefighter, the subsequent inquiry will lay the blame squarely at the door of the officer who did the initial 405 risk assessment. We find this completely unacceptable.

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The Auckland Local wishes all members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Auckland Office will be closed from the afternoon of Friday 23 December 2022, reopening on Monday 9 January 2023.


Ratification Meeting next Tuesday 13th Dec at 5pm

As you will be well aware by now, we have finally reached an agreed term of settlement in the negotiation for a new CEA. The NZPFU is recommending members accept it and ratify the settlement offer. The National Committee has completely wrung out the sponge for every possible drop of benefit to members, and it's now our turn to act.


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