Looking for volunteers

by Mike Isle

The Selwyn District Council is recruiting more volunteers to lift the district’s ability to respond to a Civil Defence emergency.

The council’s emergency management team is hosting a recruitment evening at the West Melton Community and Recreation Centre on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm.

Civil Defence manager Al Lawn said the council is looking to fill roles in all three of its volunteer teams — Selwyn Response Team, Welfare Team and Community Response Team.

“We’re looking for people to help ensure we can manage a long duration event, such as an earthquake, and to help the Selwyn community get through.”

Across Selwyn, there are more than 30 Community Response Teams ready to respond in an emergency to support their local area and provide information to the Emergency Operations Centre.

Volunteers for this team are required to attend one training session a year.

The Selwyn Response Team, specialised and highly trained in communications, light search and rescue, urban search and rescue, first aid and cordon control, require up to another eight members. The response team trains weekly.

The Selwyn Emergency Welfare Team, trained to open and operate a Civil Defence Centre, and support people who have to evacuate their homes, need another four volunteers.

The welfare team trains fortnightly.

“This latest round of volunteer recruitment will complement the strong base of Civil Defence volunteers who live in the district,” Mr Lawn said.

Volunteer members from each team will be available on the night to answer questions.

To register interest in attending the information night, email the Civil Defence team at civildefence@selwyn.govt.nz by 5pm Friday, October 4.