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Rural Fire

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On 1 July 2017 Selwyn District Council Rural Fire Authority merged with the New Zealand Fire Service and other rural fire organisations to form Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). FENZ is now responsible for all aspects of rural fire, including permitting.

To apply for a fire permit please contact FENZ:

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Phone - 0800 658 628

FENZ Selwyn Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer: Al Hutt, 027 559 1271,

To report an emergency please call 111.

For smoke pollution complaints please contact Environment Canterbury's Pollution Hotline - 0800 765 588.

Selwyn District Council is still responsible for complaints relating to vegetation on properties causing a fire risk (although FENZ will take over this responsibility from 1 July 2018). You can contact Selwyn District Council to make a complaint.

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