Are you keen to assist your local community in the event of an emergency?

Become a volunteer

Register your interest in becoming a volunteer or contact us on 03 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 to find out more. 

We welcome volunteers from all walks of life to our teams. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and cover a range of emergency roles. 

There are two types of work volunteer teams do:

  • Response team.
  • Emergency support team.

Within each team there are both core and specialist skills which are taught formally and maintained during regular meetings, training and exercises.

Response team

NZ-RT10, NZ-RT11 and NZ-RT14 are our three Christchurch-based response teams. These teams train on either a monthly or weekly basis.

Teams are trained to a national standard in light urban search and rescue: flood response, storm response, communications, cordon management and other specialist tasks.

Emergency support team

Our emergency support team trains fortnightly on a Monday evening.

This team is trained in Civil Defence Centre management, cordon management, first aid and communications.  They also provide support to the response teams when required.