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NZ-RT11 CURSAR (Christchurch)

Key contacts

Team Leader: Jan Wright

Deputy Team Leader: Corey Shelton

Deputy Team Leader: Louis Couperus

Team Contact: civildefence@ccc.govt.nz or 03 941 8999

Training Nights: Monday 7 – 9


History and activities

NZ-RT11 is a registered volunteer response team reporting to Christchurch City Council Emergency Management. The team was originally the combination of three community emergency response teams and was first registered in 2003 for USAR operations.

Training is held weekly on a Monday with additional training/exercises as and when required. There are presently 12 full team members, however we are currently looking to recruit more.

As a response team we are required to be available for just about any event. We have provided members to assist with:

  • managing and catering for rural fire events;
  • a Noro virus outbreak at the international scout camp; and
  • welfare and reconnaissance for rural areas during the 2006 South Canterbury snow event.

We were also involved with the more recent Chile tsunami event where some members of the team were in the EOC and others were out notifying the public along the entrances to New Brighton beach.


Team goals

Our main aim is to recruit additional people to come up to full strength. We are able to have up to 30 full members so we need to find quite a lot of new blood. We are also looking to be more involved in storm and flood response as well as incident management.