Response Teams (NZ RT’s) provide qualified responders to support Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups and their communities during an emergency event. The teams train regularly to provide specialised support alongside emergency services. Response teams perform a variety of functions, including light urban search and rescue, storm response and rescue and flood response and rescue.
If you’d like to know more about response teams, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has information on their website - http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/memwebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/For-the-CDEM-Sector-NZ-Response-Teams-Index?OpenDocument
If you’d like to know specifics about the response teams in Canterbury:
If you are interested in joining a response team in the Waimakariri District please click on the link and fill in the volunteer form http://waimakariri.govt.nz/civil_defence_home/can-you-help.aspx
If you are interested in joining a response team in Christchurch City please click on the link and fill in the volunteer form http://www.ccc.govt.nz/homeliving/civildefence/volunteering/index.aspx
Timaru Response Team
The Timaru Response Team is in the process of being formed. It is now accepting applications for membership from those interested in being part of a dynamic and enthusiastic community response team. Contact either the EM Advisor on 03 6877200 or the Response Team Leader on 0277142852 for details of training opportunities and registration.