Emergency Response Team
When people are trapped or injured during an emergency, it is the Emergency Response Team (ERT) team's responsibility to work alongside emergency services to locate and rescue trapped people. Gisborne's ERT team is coordinated by Gisborne District Council's Emergency Management Office.
We are always looking for new volunteers to join our ERT.
ERT members are people who enjoy a physically and mentally challenging environment.
The ERT training covers a range of emergency skills including general rescue, basic fire-fighting, basic first aid, technical rescue and the use of communication equipment.
There is regular training and members would be required to achieve a minimum qualification of 'Orange Card Responder' which is a NZ Fire Service certification.
How to get involved
We are looking for people who want to get involved with rescue in the community. You would need to commit to the training and exercises.
The Gisborne ERT needs volunteers for :
Operations - rescuing and caring for the trapped and injured during disasters. Operations members may be required to perform physically challenging tasks in hazardous situations for long periods of time. This role calls for a high commitment to preparedness and training, but can be rewarded with the satisfaction of helping those at risk in times of need.
Support - perform administrative tasks for the operations team. Support members help with the day-to-day management of the team and provide for the team's general welfare during extended operations. The support members are a critical part of any ERT team.
For information on becoming a ERT volunteer Contact us