Become a volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the community in an emergency.

Wellington Emergency Response Team

The Wellington Emergency Response Team is on hand to help the city in a large-scale emergency. It can support the emergency services such as the Fire Service, Ambulance or Police.


In weekly training sessions, team members develop a wide range of emergency skills to recognised standards. These skills are tested now and again in scenario-based exercises and competitions.


  • Impact assessment including investigating and gathering information
  • Helping with evacuation, security, and cordon and traffic control
  • Supporting incident management and communications
  • Providing initial medical support
  • Giving public advice, messages and/or warnings
  • Locating and recovering trapped and injured persons (Urban Search and Rescue team)
  • Acting as the local contact for international USAR or similar resources
  • Responding to floods and storms, and helping with recovery activities
  • Helping with other Civil Defence Emergency Management response activities
  • Supporting emergency services including police, fire forces, land search and rescue.

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