NZ-RT members are people who enjoy a physically and mentally challenging environment. They are team players who share a common desire to serve their community. NZ-RTs provide qualified responders to support Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups and their communities during an emergency event. Team members work alongside and assist the emergency services and other responding agencies. Teams are located throughout New Zealand and they are owned and supported by either Territorial Authorities or non-government organisations. Within each response team there are a wide range of skills. These include communications, first aid, welfare, evacuation, swift water response, rope rescue and light rescue.