New fire chief
Rachael Thorp is the new principal rural fire officer for the Wellington Rural Fire Authority, which will come into force in October.
She began her role on July 29, and is based at Porirua City Council’s Emergency Management Office until she takes up her new role with the Rural Fire Authority on October 1.
Ms Thorp was deputy principal rural fire officer at the Department of Conservation and before that worked for Wellington City Council.
The Wellington Rural Fire Authority will cover Upper Hutt, Hutt, Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti Coast, including private forests and Wellington Regional Council and Department of Conservation lands in those areas.