Canterbury 10 is coming together

16 July 2018

The development of the Canterbury 10 team is well underway, following its first training course in April this year, and the second scheduled for next month. 

Regional group controller Neville Reilly said the concept of Canterbury 10 (C10), named for the 10 councils that make up the Canterbury CDEM Group, is to bring together a group of individuals who have a high level of knowledge about Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) processes, as well as certain attributes which make them suitable to be deployed to support an existing EOC.

“This group needs to be able to go into an existing EOC and make a positive difference. They are not intended to takeover, but rather to provide support, mentoring and leadership,” said Reilly.

Work on C10 began in 2007, led by a steering group of local and regional emergency management advisors. C10 project lead Allan Grigg said when the idea of C10 first came up in 2007, the region hadn't had any significant emergencies, so it was hard to fully conceptualise what was required.

“The emergency responses we’ve experienced since 2007 have given us all a better understanding of what is required, and made it a lot easier to put into place,” said Grigg.

“The project really gained momentum late in 2016, and was signed off by the Coordinating Executive Group (CEG) immediately prior to the North Canterbury earthquakes in November 2016. This event confirmed the need once again for capable people to come in and support an EOC following a significant event.”

24 participants, from across the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) functional roles, attended the first five-day training course held at Glen Tui near Oxford.

The course covered topics including leadership and leading up, dealing with people under stress, conflict resolution, soft skills and attributes, as well as covering EOC skills and knowledge (action planning, situational awareness, common operating practice, handovers and briefings). Exercises were run where participants needed to come into existing EOCs and support staff there. There was also a series of leadership case studies and self-reflection sessions, followed by debriefings and demobilisation.

“We are very happy with how the first course went and the feedback from participants has been positive and useful for helping us to tweak the programme for the next session in August.”

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