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NZ-RT03 Auckland CDEM Group

Key contacts
Paul Read, 09 301 0101

Expressions of interest for joining the response teams should be sent via the online form at

History and activities
NZ-RT3 (Waitakere Initial Response Unit) is a registered volunteer organisation established in 1984 to enable the Waitakere City to better fulfil its requirements under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act. The team is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year (2009)

We have 14 active members, but may recruit up to a maximum of 24. The team is currently undertaking a recruiting campaign. For further details please email the Liaison Officer.

Training is held weekly on Tuesday nights as well as one weekend per month. All team members must achieve a minimum qualification of Orange Card Responder, which is a New Zealand Fire Service certification ensuring minimum industry standard of competency. There are also specialists within the team including communications, welfare, storm and rope response and rural fire support.

Recent deployments have included the 30 September 2009 national tsunami warning, the 2009 search for two-year-old Aisling Symes in which the team assisted LandSAR and police. Future deployments may include earthquake or storm events, collapsed buildings, landslips, pandemic support and mass casualty accidents or incidents.The team have been involved over the past few years with USAR training for Rural Fire Forces and Royal New Zealand Air Force and have assisted other response teams by providing training courses.

The team provides Waitakere City Council a fast response capability for any situation from establishing a welfare centre (until other volunteers are able to assist) to establishing communications or staffing the Emergency Operations Centre. This means that emergency managers can get uniformed and disciplined people on the ground faster and more effectively to respond to the needs of the community. The team are also involved in Council events such as the White Ribbon day march against domestic violence and are involved in the annual ECO-day held by Waitakere City Council.

Team goals
We are currently looking at developing flood response capability. Flooding has been the leading cause of disasters in New Zealand historically.