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Legend Fire and Protection Services - Evan Rarere

Evan Rarere is a legend who has built a strong regional firefighting capability that benefits a wide portion of the Central North Island region. He took out the top award for Fire Protection and Services at the CNIWC Forestry Awards this month.

Evan has worked for Timberlands in some key capacities since 2003, but as Fire and Security Manager. Evan is a nationally recognized fire manager, representing Timberlands and the industry on the NZ Forest Owners Fire Committee, FENZ Deployment Working Group, FENZ Quantifying Industrial Investment in Fire Risk Management group, FENZ Regional 2 Land Management Committee and previously the Pumiclelands Operations Committee.

Evan has established a first-class fire management entity (for Timberlands) that is often referred to as the best rural fire fighting team in Aotearoa-NZ.

Evan performs several roles including managing fire response, controlled burns (for training), organizing national and international deployment teams, leads investigations, engaging stakeholders and neighbours, and ensuring people and resources are available, trained and maintained. Evan has trained over 1,000 people in this manner over the years.

There are many other aspects to Evan’s regional contribution including providing painting and repairs for Ngati Whaoa-Ngati Tahu’s office at Waiotpu, which as much appreciated, organizing our fire resources to help with flooding events, working with local communities on fire awareness and sponsorship to name a few. But most importantly Evan is a well proven emergency responder, when sh@T happens – call Evan!

Congratulation Evan Rarere – Timberlands - Forestry Protection Service Excellence (SCION) at the 2022 Central North Island Wood Council Forestry Awards.