About Us

Vice President Kate Hill

Kate Hill — Vice Pres­i­dent
New Zealand Fire Service

Born and raised in Eng­land, Kate moved to New Zealand in 1998. She spent her ear­ly years liv­ing across the road from a fire sta­tion and the thought nev­er came into her head that she, as a female could become a firefighter

For­ward to 2001 and an advert was placed in the Women’s Day mag­a­zine faced by a female fire­fight­er call­ing for appli­cants to become fire­fight­ers. Kate applied and nev­er looked back.

Hav­ing served near­ly 15 years in the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice (NZFS) as a fire­fight­er and offi­cer, Kate is now cur­rent­ly on sec­ond­ment at NZFS Nation­al Head­quar­ters as a Nation­al Oper­a­tions Advi­sor. She is work­ing on updat­ing our cur­rent doc­trine as well as oth­er strate­gic projects, becom­ing the first uni­formed female at Nation­al Office.

Kate has recent­ly been elect­ed as Vice Pres­i­dent of Women and Fire­fight­ing Aus­trala­sia (WAFA), and is thrilled to take on this amaz­ing chal­lenge. She states WAFA is a great organ­i­sa­tion and I’m excit­ed to build on the great foun­da­tions to help take it to the next lev­el, so hope­ful­ly one day gen­der diver­si­ty will no longer be an issue and WAFA wouldn’t have to exist.” 

Kate also serves on the NZFS Nation­al Per­son­al Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment and Uni­form Advi­so­ry Group, help­ing to ensure our fire­fight­ers have the best uni­form and pro­tec­tive cloth­ing pos­si­ble. She is also a staunch advo­cate to ensure women have the cor­rect uni­form they need, not just small men’s clothing.

She is a Grad­u­ate mem­ber of the Insti­tu­tion of Fire.