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 Christchurch City please click on the link https://ccc.govt.nz/services/civil-defence/volunteer-in-an-emergency/
If you are interested in joining a response team in the Waimakariri District please click on the link and fill in the volunteer form https://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/services/emergencies-and-recovery/volunteer-teams/related-content/volunteer-registration-form
Timaru Response Team
For information about CDEM volunteering opportunities in Timaru, head to https://www.timaru.govt.nz/services/emergencies/civil-defence/volunteers