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NZ-RT07 Victoria University, Wellington

Key contacts
Team Leader: Roger Cliffe
Deputy Team Leaders: Sarah Bell (Operational) and Stuart Marshall (Administration)
Team Manager: Roy Bridge
Phone +64 4 463 5729, email: roy.bridge@vuw.ac.nz
E-mail nzrt7-admin@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Website http://www.rescue.vuw.ac.nz/

History and activities
NZ-RT07 (Victoria Rescue) is a registered volunteer team with a history of over four decades of service to Victoria University and the Greater Wellington region. Victoria Rescue is comprised of students, staff, alumni and friends of the Victoria University community, as well as people from across the full spectrum of disciplines the University offers. The team is generously funded by the University and stands ready to respond should disaster strike the nation's capital.

The team currently has seventeen active members ready for deployment and two administrative members. The team has two major intakes during the year, at the beginning of March and at the beginning of July, in line with the University's main teaching trimesters.

The team trains once a week on Monday nights from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. All team members must achieve a minimum qualification of Orange Card Responder. There are also specialists within the team including pre-hospital emergency care, swiftwater response, and rope response. The team has successfully taken part in nation-wide exercises such as Operation Phoenix in Canterbury in 2006, and joint team exercise in Taupo in 2009.

The team is actively involved in the greater Wellington region. It has assisted at such events as the Cuba Street Carnival, the Earth Rocks exhibits at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and at numerous cycle challenge events where the team has supplied first aid support. Future deployments may include earthquake and storm events, landslides, collapsed buildings and other mass casualty incidents. Several team members have now also formed a rapid response first aid team for a university community of over 20,000 people, and are on call to assist when there are medical emergencies on campus.

Victoria Rescue has also collaborated with other response teams in the region, and has held several joint-training sessions to further advance Wellington's ability to provide a coordinated response in the face of a civil defence emergency.

Team goals
Victoria Rescue is developing expertise in swiftwater response, pre-hospital emergency care and rope response. These are all skills that are relevant to Wellington given the geological nature of the surrounding environs.