Civil Defence Response Team

Civil Defence

The Civil Defence Response team is a group of comitted volunteers who give their time to helping the local community in time of need. In the event of a natural disaster or significant emergency, Our team may get deployed to assist when other emergency services are stretched and need further assistance.

Training happens every Tuesday night from 7pm – 9pm, rain or shine. We have a training base at the Botanical Gardens and often train offsite where we have an equipment trailer that carries all our tools required. We may from time to time have a team exercise on a weekend just to keep our skills up to speed.

We have training support from LandSAR, FENZ, St John's and EMTC who offer a variety of courses to our team.

We're seeking volunteer recruits!

Are you interested in learning rescue techniques?

Our training includes, but is not limited to:

  • Rope & stretcher work
  • General Rescue (including Rescue at Heights & Light USAR (Urban Search & Rescue)
  • First Aid, Radio Communications, Movement Control, Flood Response and Storm Response.
  • NZQA qualifications.

And more!

We provide:

  • A close knit, committed team, keen to share knowledge and skillsets
  • Excellent training, including NZQA courses – at base and off-site
  • Uniform - full PPE kit and gear bag
  • Transport, accommodation and travel when required, to attend other training courses and exercises
  • Good networks with local agencies for group training and exercises
  • Fun, great experiences and a chance for you to help your community

Want to be involved?

We meet Tuesday nights 7-9pm at our CD Base in the Timaru Botanic Gardens, Queen Street.

To apply now, please click the link below.

Requirements: Minimum age 16 and a clean Police record.

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Join The Civil Defense Response Team

If you are interested in joining, please fill out the form below and one of our team will be in touch shortly.