Selwyn District Council uses a Community Response model across the district to meet the Civil Defence needs of our communities.

Are you keen to volunteer to help your community in an emergency?

At Selwyn we have three different types of volunteering.

Community Volunteers

Across Selwyn there are more than 30 community teams ready to respond in an emergency to support their local area. With the support of Selwyn Civil Defence, these teams are encouraged to support their community and open an emergency centre where the community can gather during an event.

New Community Response Team members are welcome to join at anytime.

Emergency Support Volunteers

The Selwyn Emergency Support Team are trained to open and operate a Civil Defence Centre, providing support to people who have to evacuate their homes in an emergency.

There is an annual intake for new Support Team members to apply to join this team.

Response Team Volunteers

The Selwyn Response Team is trained to a national standard in light urban search and rescue, flood response, storm response, communications, and other specialist tasks.

There is an annual intake for new Response Team members to apply to join this team.

If you would like to know more, email

Selwyn Response Team