The Canterbury High Country Fire Team (HCFT) are a dedicated group of volunteers who are employed by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) for rural fire suppression throughout Canterbury and wider Region 4 area.
Prior to joining FENZ in 2018, the HCFT was contracted to the Department of Conservation (DOC) and its predecessor the New Zealand Forest Service. As the largest rural fire authority in the country, DOC was responsible for preventing and controlling fire on public conservation land and any land within 1.5 km.
The High Country Fire Team has a long history that began in the early 1970s after a major fire in the Liebig Range, Mt Cook National Park destroyed over 1600ha before finally being extinguished by rain. Read more about our history.
In Canterbury the HCFT is the only volunteer fire team specialising in fighting rural fires in the Hill and High Country. The HCFT works alongside FENZ and the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help protect the public, forests and conservation land in the High Country. Learn more about being part of the team.
It's a big job and we need your help. Find out what's involved in joining the team.