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Who are the Napier Emergency Management Volunteers?

Volunteers Civil Defence exercise with the fire and ambulance officers.Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) relies on volunteers from the community to help during emergencies.

The time that CDEM volunteers put into building, maintaining and sharing their skills is an essential element in making our communities more resilient.

In return for donating their time, CDEM volunteers receive the satisfaction of being able to make a valuable contribution to the community at times of dire need. They also have an opportunity to gain self-confidence, as well as a range of skills that they can take into the workplace or other volunteer organisations.

Volunteering for Emergency Management is a rewarding way of making an important contribution to your community and the City of Napier.

Response Teams

The Napier teams at present are welfare focused but other teams over the next two years will be established to fulfill the needs of our communities. These teams are (and will be):-

Welfare Response Teams

These teams are also working towards the appropriate certificates and audit requirements to enable them to be deployed nationally to assist with the emergency response.

  • Welfare Centre management
  • Registration
  • Accommodation co-ordination
  • Special requirements co-ordination
  • Companion Animal Welfare
  • Administration
  • Radio-telephone communications

Communications/IT Response Team

Currently being appointed.

This team is responsible for the deployment of the Satellite Communications Trailer and the set up of telephone, radio and internet solutions during an emergency event.

Please note this is a very specialist team who have to be able to 'think outside the square' and understand technology and develop solutions to ensure resilient communications ensuring an effective response when needed most.

Check out the new communications trailer


Not currently in place.

Plans to appoint a Rescue capability in Napier are currently being considered. Currently these teams are drafted from outside the Hawke's Bay.

What am I committing to?

Civil Defence Volunteers. Whatever their role, all Emergency Management volunteers are required to complete a minimum of six sessions a year by attending group meetings, workshops, training activities and exercises.

Training is usually held on the first Monday or Tuesday of each month, from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm, at various locations depending on the type of session. There will also be other opportunities throughout the year but volunteers are given adequate notice.

All volunteers are required to obtain the Napier City Council Certificate in Emergency Management Core Knowledge which consists of a number of NZQA Unit Standards.

Other certificates dependant on your role are detailed on the Volunteer Training Page.

All equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), resources and training are provided at no cost to volunteers.

An annual team-building exercise day is usually held with one of the emergency services as an opportunity for learning more about each others skills whilst having fun.

What organisations will I be working with?

Civil Defence Volunteers. Along with other community-minded volunteers from all walks of life, you will have the opportunity to work with other organisations that include:

  • NZ Fire Service
  • Police
  • St John
  • NZ Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • Napier City Council
  • Church groups
  • Service clubs

And many, many more....

Recognition of your contribution

The Napier City Council recognises and values its Emergency Management volunteers and celebrates their contribution at an annual awards ceremony.

At this event, volunteers serving 5, 10, 15 and more years are awarded either Community Service Medals or Bars for their medals along with a certificate by the Mayor of Napier.

For those who have completed 10 years continuous service receive the Ministerial Long Service Award presented by the Minister of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

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