About Us

Our Mission

EMPOWERING AND PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES

Fire is an effective land use tool and an enjoyable part of the outdoor experience in New Zealand. However there are inherent risks associated with fire and rural fires are particularly devastating, destroying our natural environment, farmland, forests, property and livelihoods.

It is in all our interests to prevent rural fires, in many cases a common sense approach can avoid these disasters.

Southern Fire and Emergency New Zealand is responsible for managing all fire activity outside of the urban areas and manages 3.5 million hectares or one eighth of New Zealand’s land mass.

The Southern Fire District stretches from Big Bay in Fiordland to Tokonui in the Catlins. It also includes the Blue Mountains in Otago and forestry areas in the Catlins.