Becoming a Response Team volunteer

NZ-RTs are staffed by volunteers who complete a wide array of tasks.

When a team is activated, it is generally expected that members arrive at the team’s depot within 30 minutes. This restricts the available area teams can draw members from.

Volunteers wishing to become a member of a Response Team but live outside the 30 minutes time travel zone should give consideration to joining a CDEM team aligned to and working with their local council. These teams provide response capability ranging from staffing the Emergency Operations Centre (for example, planning, operations, logistics, and communications functions) to welfare and first aid within their local community.

Contact Civil Defence Officers based within the local council who will advise on what the requirements are.

For general information about New Zealand Response Teams and getting involved, email