Are you keen to assist your local community in the event of an emergency? Become a volunteer.

Civil Defence volunteersWe welcome volunteers from all walks of life to our teams. 

To find out more register you interest in becoming a volunteer(external link) or contact us on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.

Volunteers come from all backgrounds and cover a range of emergency roles. 

There are two types of work volunteer teams do:

  • Welfare Volunteers
  • Response Team Volunteers.

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; and other specialist tasks.

Welfare Team

Our welfare volunteers meet in a variety of locations around the City and Banks Peninsula. These volunteers train once a month to learn how to activate and run a Civil Defence Centre (CDC) in an emergency.

CDCs provide assistance to the community, and can help with accommodation, clothing, food (catering), animal welfare, information and other support.