Civil Defence Volunteers

Ashburton Civil Defence is looking for volunteers to play a major role in providing Welfare support in our Civil Defence Centres during an emergency event.  This can include supporting the emergency services, welfare and the registration of evacuees and helping our communities to recover quickly from emergency events. Ashburton District Council recognises that trained and dedicated volunteers are a very valuable resource and as such is committed to providing a full and varied training and exercise programme throughout the year to enable them to carry out their duties when required. Some of the training will be informal and others will lead to NZQA unit standards. 

The Ashburton District Council has a statutory responsibility to plan for and manage the response to a civil emergency. The response cannot easily be achieved without the use of volunteers because any such emergency will place a considerable extra workload on most areas of the Council’s operations, and all Council employees have a role to play in an emergency either in staffing the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) or in meeting the increased workload in those areas worst affected by the emergency.

The aim behind using volunteers in CDEM is to raise awareness of CDEM activities and to be prepared before an emergency happens, to boost resource during and after a declared emergency.  Training for this role will start in late January or early February 2020.  If you are interested in a role as Civil Defence Welfare volunteer you register your interest by phoning Ashburton District Council 03 307700 or emailing the Emergency Management Officer – by 13th January 2020.

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