Civil defence responders wanted

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn District Council is 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.

“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,” council’s emergency management team leader Ryan O’Rourke said.

“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,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“There are a number of other response teams already operating in Canterbury which have responded to major civil defence emergencies including the Christchurch earthquakes, the Kaikoura earthquake, the Port Hills fires and numerous flood events.” He said the volunteers will be trained in emergency management, first aid, light rescue, operating four-wheel-drive vehicles, radio communications and flood response.