RESCUE TEAM SEEKS NEW VOLUNTEERS 2014
The Nelson Tasman Emergency Response Team, known as NZ-RT2, is seeking new recruits to join its team of highly trained and motivated volunteers.
NZ-RT2 is a group of up to 24 volunteers which provides the community with an emergency response capability to assist the emergency services.
The team was deployed to Canterbury in both the September and February earthquakes, undertaking urban search and rescue tasks.
NZ-RT2 is available 24/7, is fully self-sufficient and kitted out with a rescue truck, team welfare trailer, technical rescue gear, tools, radios and personal protection equipment.
The team’s rescue base is located at the Nelson Fire Station and administrative support is provided by the Nelson Tasman Emergency Management Office.
The team is trained and experienced in urban search and rescue (USAR), storm response, flood response, general rescue, rope rescue, mass casualty triage, pre-hospital emergency care, and welfare.
We are targeting people with specialist skills in fields such as construction or trades, medical, structural engineers, outdoor instructors, and rescue personnel.
Joining the team means a big commitment in time for training and potential deployments.
The team operates under the umbrella of the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and is funded by Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council.
For further information and an application form
Applications close 10 May 2014.
Joe Kennedy, Team Manager, NZ-RT2
Nelson – Tasman Emergency Response Team
NZ-RT2 Recruiting Application 2014
NZRT2 recruits people with specialist skills as follows:
Qualified Outdoor Instructors
Experienced Emergency Services personnel
Medics – doctors, nurses, paramedics
Emergency management experience
We may also be interested if you have the following:
Extensive outdoor experience
Risk management/OSH qualifications and/or experience Military experience
Along with specific skills we value the attitude of our people. Typically we are looking for positive, adaptable people with a good sense of humour. There is a large time commitment required to join the team, and attendance at training must remain above 70%. The team trains every Wed from 7-9pm, and one day or weekend a month. There is also an expectation you will be available for callouts when necessary. Please do not apply unless you can meet this commitment.
NZ-RT2 can be activated in any Civil Defence emergency, whenever emergency services are overwhelmed, and to support LandSAR, Rural Fire, or any agency requiring our assistance. We are committed to being available for emergencies 24/7 for deployment of up to 72 hours, within 60 minutes from a callout.
Examples of past deployments:
Wind storm Nelson city (2008)
Flooding Maitai, Golden Bay and Queensland (standby)
ChCh Earthquake, September 2010, February and March 2011
Takaka dairy factory fire
Technical rope rescue, Kina
Urban searches – alzheimer patients and children
If you think you have what it takes, and wish to apply to join NZ-RT2 please fill out the form attached and send to: Nelson Tasman Emergency Management Office, 28 Oxford Street, Richmond.
Whilst specialising in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), the team has a role in all types of Civil Defence emergency. Likely deployments include floods, collapsed buildings, and landslips. The team also supports the other Emergency Services in the region and has a close relationship with Land Search and Rescue.
In order to maintain high standards it is expected that team members will attend all training. This is provided free and is held weekly on Wednesday evenings and on one weekend a month.
Training covers a wide variety of subjects including Urban Search and Rescue Awareness, first aid, incident management, radio use and General Rescue (eg lowering stretchers from buildings, ropes and ladder work).
There is the opportunity for team members to further develop skills in the areas of rope rescue, pre-hospital emergency care, and searching for missing people in suburban and wilderness environments.
As the team is managed by the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, all equipment, clothing and training is provided free to team members.
Team members are required to be able to respond quickly in the event of a call-out. To that end, you will need to reside no further than 45 minutes drive from Nelson and have the flexibility to get time off work.
Due largely to the progressive nature of the training, recruitment only occurs every 2 years.