Fire trucks and specialist appliances in crisis

Fire trucks and specialist aerial appliances are failing putting the lives of firefighters and the community at unnecessary risk.

There are not enough fire trucks or specialist appliances to replace those being repaired or maintained.

In 2019 systemic cracks and defects were found on almost all of the newest fire trucks. Temporary repairs are ongoing and none have been permanently fixed.

In 1984 Auckland had a population of 800,000 and a fleet of 5 heavy aerial appliances… 40 years later Auckland metro only has two heavy aerial appliances servicing 1.65 million people, and often reduced to one. It is not unusual for Auckland firefighters to have simultaneous fires in different locations needing aerial appliances and having to cope without them.

FENZ needs to be held accountable through a transparent and robust maintenance and procurement plan.