A new way of tackling fire and emergency planning is underway across the region.
Members of the Fire and Emergency Marlborough Local Advisory Committee have met up in person for the first time.
Local Advisory Committees (LACs) are responsible for providing independent advice from a local perspective to the Fire and Emergency Board to inform local emergency planning.
Marlborough LAC chair Trevor Hook says the committee’s first face-to-face meeting last week was a tangible step forward for the committees and for Fire and Emergency.
“It was a valuable opportunity to come together as a committee and to meet with members of Fire and Emergency’s regional leadership team.
The Committee is looking forward to contributing to the strategic direction of Fire and Emergency, with a focus on the needs of the local community,” he says.
Fire and Emergency Area Manager for Tasman-Marlborough Grant Haywood says it was great to be part of the first meeting.
“One of Fire and Emergency’s main strategic priorities is building resilient communities.
“To do this, we must have a deep understanding of communities’ needs so we can ensure our services remain effective
“This first meeting is a big step forward in ensuring that our local and national planning reflects our community’s voice.”