UPDATE: Changes to Regulations on trial evacuations and training programmes during the COVID-19 restrictions – Renewal of the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 and what Alert Level 1 enables

The Epidemic Notice which was due to expire on 25 June 2020 has been renewed for a second time and will now remain in force until 23 December 2020, unless it is further renewed or revoked in the interim. As there are currently no restrictions on gatherings under Alert Level 1, trial evacuations and training programme activities can be voluntarily resumed, even though the usual duty to do so that arises under the Regulations remains suspended while the Epidemic Notice is in force.

Trial evacuations voluntarily carried out during this period will be considered ‘unscheduled evacuations’ for the purposes of regulation 29(2) of the Regulations. They will consequently count as a trial evacuation for timing purposes, so long as Fire and Emergency New Zealand is notified within 10 working days of the evacuation or training event in accordance with regulation 32 of the Regulations.

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Evacuation regulations have changed

New regulations came into force on 1 July 2018

If you are submitting a new application, please refer to the Quick Reference Guides section of this page.
If you had an application that was previously not approved, the new application will have to meet the requirements in the new regulations.
If you have a scheme that is already approved, it will be carried over and considered as being approved under the new regulations.
If your evacuation scheme was approved before 1 July 2018, it is important to note that the reporting of trial evacuations and training programmes have changed. You no longer have to give us 10 days notice of a trial evacuation and there are additional questions to answer when reporting the results of trial evacuations; please check the link ‘Maintain your approved evacuation scheme’ in the Quick Reference Guides for more information.
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