OUR BUSINESS IS NOT JUST ABOUT COMPLIANCE; IT’S ABOUT PEOPLE.
Formed in 1987, Safety First provides a nationwide service to many of New Zealand’s largest companies, property owners and developers. With unparalleled experience and industry reputation, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive fire evacuation and emergency management services and health and safety solutions.
We constantly work to minimise risk and maximise efficiency within your business, and will train and equip your team to deal with any emergency.
Safety First has offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – and our contracts take us throughout New Zealand.
Our experienced safety consultants have implemented, and provide ongoing management for, more than 2,000 fire evacuation schemes nationwide - from commercial buildings to hospitals and rest homes, schools and zoos, cinemas and public halls, swimming pools and sports grounds, apartments and industrial sites.
Meet the Safety First Team
Director & General Manager for the Upper North Island
Jenny is an NZFPA Certified Evacuation Consultant (NZFPA) Level 4 with over 22 years’ industry experience. Jenny is committed to providing a tailored, holistic safety service to Safety First Clients and has made a huge personal contribution to building stronger safety cultures in numerous NZ workplaces during her impressive career.
Director and General Manager for the Lower North and South Island
Joany has a background in property services, adult education and health & safety and over 19 years of industry experience in the management and implementation of evacuation schemes.
Heath, Safety & Wellness Manager
Robert is a management professional with more than 20 years’ overall national and international experience in Healthcare, Security and Production. He is a certified Project Manager with Project Management Institute (PMI) and has completed various Occupational Health & Safety and Risk Management courses, including the NEBOSH International General Certificate and SiteSafe NZ Supervisor.
Lower North Island Manager & Evacuation Consultant
With over 15 years of industry experience in the management and implementation of evacuation schemes, Cameron is a very experienced Evacuation Consultant. In addition to his evacuation consultancy role, Cameron also manages our Wellington office.
South Island Manager & Evacuation Consultant
With Safety First since 2010, Stephanie has a Double Degree Majoring in Commerce & Arts and graduated with a Diploma in Disaster and Hazard Management in 2014.
Working closely with Property Owners and Developers involved in the Christchurch rebuild, Stephanie has a passion for natural hazard preparedness planning and is also involved in the continual development of Safety First’s innovative online training modules.
Based at our Wellington office, Kerrie joined the Safety First team as an evacuation consultant in 2013, and has since moved into the role of Training Facilitator. With Kerrie’s background in the NZ Police and the security industry in addition to her experience with Safety First, she is a great asset to our team and our clients.
Amanda has completed her Level 4, Fire Evacuation Consultants with FPANZ.
An exceptionally motivated and diligent person, Amanda brings a genuine desire to help people to her chosen role. She is passionate and driven – and recently competed in a Roller Derby competition in the USA.
Ashley has completed her Level 4, Fire Evacuation Consultants with FPANZ.
With a bright bubbly personality, Ashley is a pragmatic and practical addition to our team, with a rural kiwi upbringing and a natural interest in the H&S arena. She brings administration and recruitment skills and three years’ experience as a health and safety representative in her role as an evacuation consultant.
Ashley has a passion for making a difference to people’s lives, and we are delighted to have her in the Safety First team.
Arne joined the Safety First team early in 2018. A self-confessed Health and Safety nerd, he brings with him a background in Community Development where he worked with people from all walks of life. Arne caught the ‘health and safety bug’ whilst working as an infrastructure analyst in the Christchurch rebuild in 2013 and has continued his journey by assisting community organisations with the implementation of their health and safety procedures. Arne prides himself on his ability to build rapport with anyone he meets and is excited to be able to work in an industry that is seeing a massive positive culture change.
Office Manager (Auckland)
Sue’s career experience includes working as a PA within many major corporates, and she is highly skilled in event management and coordination. Sue is responsible for the smooth running of the Auckland Office.
Trial Evacuation Co-ordinator
Heather arranges and schedules all Evacuation Consultant work in Auckland and the upper North Island. She has an understanding of our client’s specific requirements, good geographical knowledge and coordinates our team’s travel and jobs for optimum efficiency.
Trial Evacuation & Evacuation Scheme Co-ordinator
Jess assists our Evacuation Consultants with the implementation of new evacuation schemes, and the ongoing maintenance of existing schemes. As part of the Wellington based scheduling team, Jess also assists with scheduling of work for the Wellington & South Island Evacuation Consultants.
Trial Evacuation & Training Co-ordinator
Mikaela is responsible for scheduling all work for the Wellington based Evacuation Consultants. This requires exceptionally good geographical knowledge, insight into what each client’s specific requirements are, and an understanding of how our team can work most efficiently.
With Safety First since 2011, Dahl handles all initial account and invoicing queries that come into the Wellington office and provides behind the scenes administration and invoicing support for the Wellington and South Island offices.
Sarah provides behind the scenes administration assistance for some of our major contracts.
With Safety First since 2011, Gabrielle provides behind the scenes administration, including invoicing and production of monthly advisory reports for clients. Providing support to all the Safety First consultants, Gabrielle is definitely one of our go-to people.
Argest are our preferred company to supply your building compliance and facilities management nationwide. They are ISO 9001 certified for the issue of Building Warrant of Fitness certificates.
Crossfire specialist fire engineers are the Auckland experts in protecting people, property and their businesses from the harmful and destructive effects of fire and smoke.
Stephenson & Turner are our recommended architects and engineers. Their work is supported with a significant investment in the latest proven technology, incorporating the principles of sustainable design.