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NZ-RT14 Christchurch urban rescue team

Key contacts

Team Leader: Tony Vine

Deputy Team Leader: Matt Dempsey

Deputy Team Leader: Glynn Cotton

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

Training Nights: Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30


History and activities

NZ-RT14 is a Registered Volunteer Response Team reporting to Christchurch City Council Emergency Management. Latest highlight is the 2010 South Island Cliff Dale Rescue Competition where the team was placed 3rd.

The team was originally a combination of three community emergency response teams and was first registered in 2005 for USAR operations.

Training is held weekly on a Tuesday with additional training/exercises as and when required. There are presently 11 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 adverse event. We were involved in the response to the recent Chile tsunami event where some team members were in the EOC.


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.