Hutt Valley Fire Support uses a rank structure based on the NZFS Standard. For the official rank markings used by the New Zealand Fire Service please refer to the Official NZFS Website.
The shoulder epaulettes worn are as follows:
The most senior member of HVFS wears the SSO rank and is in overall command of the unit. They report to the District Executive.
The Unit SO's share command responsibilities with the SSO and are usually in charge of unit resources at an incident.
Senior Firefighter members are more experienced members of the unit who would be capable of providing leadership in the absence of an Officer.
A single bar on the epaulettes has been designated as the Qualified Firefighter within the Fire Service. This shows that the member has completed a prescribed level of training and is competent in all major disciplines associated with their role.
The baseline rank worn by members of HVFS. This (coupled with a blue helmet) will show a member who has completed their probationary period but is yet to certify as 'Qualified Firefighter'.
Probationary Firefighter PFF
These are trainee members of the unit and wear a red helmet