The Wellington Disaster Response Capability Trust

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We need your support to ensure Wellington is better able to respond to a disaster.

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Search & Rescue Local Emergency Volunteering

The Wellington Emergency Response Team has a vital part to play in ensuring our city is better prepared when disasters strike. Events like storms, earthquakes, flooding and the search for missing persons are unpredictable. Our volunteer team trains each week to ensure a greater capability is available in the region when the primary emergency services are overwhelmed. Your valuable contribution to the Trust will help the team with items such as training cost, equipment, medical supplies and deployment resources. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Organisation details

The Trust supports the Wellington Emergency Response Team who are a group of people committed to volunteering their time to assist their community during emergencies and disasters. The team, which formed in 1971, is registered with the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in accordance with national guidelines. This means they meet various criteria around training, equipment and procedures ensuring they can provide a professional service as an emergency resource that can complement or support the emergency services and council staff if required by the size of an incident or event. The team is operated by the Wellington City Council but is independently funded and managed. The team trains weekly, particularly in rescue and associated activities.

The team also supports the community by providing training in emergency preparedness and basic rescue skills free to the public at monthly sessions.

Within the last 5 years the team was deployed for the Wellington storms, responding to dozens of 111 calls during the night. The team was placed on standby after both of the Cook Strait earthquakes; thankfully for the city our services weren’t required on this occasion. Previous deployments have included multiple rotations to Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake, two members being sent to Australia during the Queensland floods, as well as assisting the New Zealand Police in urban searches for missing people.

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This organisation page was created on 05 May 2015.

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