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Civil Defence & Emergency Management
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Volunteers Civil Defence exercise working together. Napier Civil Defence is committed to providing training and personal development that enables its volunteers to carry out their role during an emergency.

Training and/or meetings are held usually the first Monday or Tuesday evening of each month between 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of six sessions a year, ensuring everyone is trained to the same standard and acquires a good working knowledge of the emergency management systems.

Every year, Civil Defence and Emergency Management agrees on a training programme for volunteers. This encompasses:

  • Teamwork, decision-making and leadership skills
  • Personal confidence building
  • Development of management, problem solving and planning skills
  • NZQA Unit Standards and the opportunity to work towards the National Certificate in Emergency Management
  • Improving volunteers' employment options
  • Enjoyment of a wide range of training courses
  • Learning and understanding the Emergency Management response in Napier
  • The opportunity to work in the Napier City Council Emergency Operations Centre

 Core Competencies

Napier Civil Defence and Emergency Management Volunteers must complete the organisations core competencies which consist of the following unit standards:-

Description US Level Credits
Demonstrate survival techniques for a Civil Defence Emergency 528 2 3
Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements 497 1 3
Demonstrate knowledge of the functions and operations of Civil Defence Emergency Management 7,224 2 2
Demonstrate knowledge of stress and ways of dealing with it 12,355 2 2
Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system (CIMS) 17,279 2 2
Provide first aid for life threatening conditions 26,551 2 1
Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them 26,552 2 1

Other Training

In addition to these unit standards there are other training streams that are specific to the role volunteers hold, such as the:

  • Communications Team
  • Welfare Team
  • Welfare Centre Supervisors
  • Emergency Operations Support

 These essential skills are required to carry out any role within the team but most importantly if teams are to be deployed either nationally or internationally they have to hold the correct qualifications and be part of a registered response team.

Team Building

Civil Defence Volunteers. Each year the team takes the opportunity to spend a day team building. These activities can range from car rallys to gearing up in fire fighting gear and working in a smoke environment. None of these activities are aimed to put people under too much pressure but to have fun whilst working outside their comfort zone.

Our Commitment to Volunteers

We are committed to:

  • A policy of equal opportunities for all our volunteers
  • An environment for volunteers that is safe from harassment and other discriminatory or offensive behavior

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