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Archived: 27 Nov 2017 11:15am

Canterbury Response Team members waiting for Kaikoura evacuees to arrive at Lyttelton, November 2016

We are looking for volunteers to join a new Selwyn Civil Defence Response Team.

The response team will provide Council with additional capability during an emergency to help with evacuations, sandbagging, light rescue, reconnaissance, cordon management and community needs assessment.

People can register their interest to be part of the response team at an information evening which will be held at the Selwyn District Council offices in Rolleston on Wednesday 18 October, 7pm.

Council Emergency Management Team Leader, Ryan O’Rourke, says Council is on the look-out for people with a background in rescue, but also for those who are enthusiastic about serving their community and who are willing to commit to the required training.

“We need people who can operate in physically and mentally challenging environments within a small team. They must also have excellent communication skills and be able to follow instructions,” Ryan says. “Having a trained group of emergency responders within the district will help our resilience and readiness for future emergencies.”

The volunteers will be trained in emergency management, first aid, light rescue, operating four-wheel-drive vehicles, radio communications and flood response.

Volunteers must have a full car drivers licence and be able to commit to weekly-evening and monthly-weekend training activities.

There are a number of other response teams already operating in Canterbury which have responded to major Civil Defence emergencies including the Christchurch Earthquake, the Kaikoura/Hurunui Earthquake, the Port Hills Fires and numerous flood events.

Anyone with questions about the Selwyn response team can attend the information evening, or contact Selwyn District Council Emergency Management Team Leader, Ryan O’Rourke on: 03 347 2715.

Pictured: Canterbury Response Team members waiting for Kaikoura evacuees to arrive at Lyttelton, November 2016

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