Phil’s early background is in the Armed Services, he left the Army and went on to the join the New Zealand Fire Service.
After 31 years as both a Career Fire Fighter and Volunteer Fire Fighter, Phil is now a Volunteer Station Officer.
He has also worked as a Fire Fighter for Auckland Airport Crash Fire, a Paramedic for St John Ambulance, and as the Principle Rural Fire Officer for a Rural Fire Authority, managing 7 Rural Fire Forces.
Phil has an extensive working history, and his passion is Fire and Rescue Emergency Management.
By combining his many years experience in this industry he brings to Fire Rescue First Response credibility and strength with his knowledge and skills in Fire and Rescue Management.
Phil is also a registered NZ Fire Service trainer and Assessor for a range of fire fighting unit standards.
Director Health and Safety
As our primary First Aid Trainer, as well as covering Fire-fighting, emergency warden and health & safety training, Saoirse has twelve years with Fire and Emergency New Zealand and is a Volunteer Senior Firefighter attending all manner of emergencies including many emergency medical response call outs where no ambulance is present.
On top of this, Saoirse is a mum of five, and has experienced almost every medical emergency a family can possibly have!
Director of Emergency Management
Rae is in charge of coordinating all things Civil Defence and Emergency Management in our training world. She also looks after moderation and quality assurance.
Rae comes from a Police and Fire Fighting and Adult Education background.
Rae is based remotely, in Kaitaia but don’t be fooled by her location, she is very mobile and capable of turning up anywhere at any time! This has nothing to do with being a mother of five boys, I’m sure!
Rae has extensive knowledge and experience in the industry training field and is a qualified trainer and assessor. She has a great ability to connect with agencies and contextualise training to suit different needs.
Dan, the new and improved 2.0 version of Phil, has been around the emergency services his entire life, and began his own Emergency Services career with the RNZAF as a Fire Fighter based at Whenuapai in Auckland, and while stationed there, completed a tour of duty in Afganistan as a fire fighter .
On leaving the Air Force Dan worked as an Emergency Responder for the mining industry in Australia, covering all types of emergency response, including snake bites, before returning to New Zealand.
On his return to New Zealand he joined the New Zealand Fire Service as a career fire fighter, based in Palmerston North.
Dan assists us with First Aid, Fire Fighting, Line Rescue, Height Safety and USAR training throughout the country.
Clint is the expert on all things difficult such as confined space entry, working at heights, rescue procedures, etc. – All the practical stuff.
He also is an excellent hands on trainer for approved NZQA courses including: Confined Space Entry, Confined Space Rescue, Working at Heights, First Aid, Fire Warden, Fire Extinguisher and Firefighting.
In his spare time Clint is an Ambulance Officer and a Station Officer at the Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Clint is also a registered NZ Fire Service trainer and Assessor for a range of fire fighting unit standards.
Not only does he have around 40 years of fire fighting experience, Allan has spent almost 25 years involved with fire service training throughout the Northern region of NZ.
During this time Allan has also been actively involved in community safety education in his district, developing positive fire safety and smoke detector installation programs to improve public safety and awareness.
As the holder of a Diploma in Adult education, Allan spent 7 seven years as the Senior Trainer and Station Officer at the North Region Training Facilityin Rotorua directly overseeing the training of over 700 volunteer and career fire fighters.
He was more recently contracted to the Bintulu Emergency Safety and Training facility in Malaysia as Chief Instructor, developing multi-disciplinary training courses across various groups such as the Oil and Gas Industry, Office and Municipal facilities and Forestry sectors.
James is our instructor at FRFR who specialises in Height Safety, First Aid, Fire training and Standby Rescue Operations. James also applies his design skills to make course material and equipment clear and easy to follow.
He is a volunteer Qualified Fire Fighter and Medical First Responder with Fire and Emergency New Zealand and has completed 5 years’ service – experiencing everything from structure fires to rescuing a cat from a tree! James has construction industry experience as a builder where he learnt the best and worst ways to work safely and efficiently in an industrial setting, giving him a real-world understanding of what it’s like to work under particular laws and regulations.
Katy is responsible for getting course work out and course results recorded internally, with our clients and with NZQA.
Her background in Quality Management for tertiary providers and start-up businesses means she has a clear view of the company’s administration needs.
It’s not all systems and paperwork. In Katy’s free time she likes to go camping in many of New Zealand’s beautiful parks with her husband and two children.
Lawren takes care of all things administration in the FRFR Office, alongside Katy.
Before joining the team, Lawren came from 15 years in the banking industry, attributing to her logistically aware and solutions focused approach.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and small children. Travel and retail therapy come in a close second.