Civil Defence & Emergency Management Training

SARINZ offer a wide range of training options to the Civil Defence and Emergency Management sector. Training is available through several mechanisms:

  1. "Fee-free" for approved courses and CDEM volunteers who meet the funding criteria.
  2. User-pays for those who do not meet the funding criteria.
  3. Mixed delivery using a combination of the two options above (fee-free and user-pays).
  4. Full user-pays for all training outside of the approved MCDEM scope.

To be eligible for fee-free training, participants must be endorsed by their EMO and meet all of the MCDEM funding criteria.

Flood Safety and Flood Response

The training consists of two one-day courses which can be combined to form a weekend training package.

Course one is aimed at those people required to work in, or in proximity to, flood waters and provides the minimum safety training to keep individuals and peers safe. Completion of NZQA Unit 22298 is an entry requirement for the Flood Response course (NZQA Unit 22297).

Course two is for people who are required to provide initial response to flood incidents and covers the requirements of Unit 22297. This course provides the participant with an overview of flood incident management in the New Zealand context as well as a range of flood control methods.

General Rescue and USAR Awareness

This course covers  a significant part of the USAR Response (CAT-1R) Orange Card and the associated unit standards.

Possessing knowledge of the CDEM general rescue functions, PPE and safety awareness, supported by ground level search and rescue skills, forms the core requirement of all Response Team activities.  Approved Responders may also be required to provide search, rescue or recovery assistance post event.  This course is specifically targeted towards all of these tasks at both ends of the spectrum.

Persons who successful complete all aspects of the course will gain the following NZQA Unit Standards:
  • 7317 Demonstrate knowledge of the civil defence emergency management (CDEM) general rescue function. Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • 10618 Rescue casualties using rescue techniques. Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • 18516 Demonstrate knowledge of, and provide support at, urban search and rescue operations. Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • 20473 Rescue casualties at ground level using Civil Defence general rescue techniques. Level 2, 3 Credits.
  • 24500 Demonstrate knowledge of, and use, CDEM rescue equipment and techniques, and rescue casualties at height. Level 4, 4 Credits.

Rescue from Heights

The number one rule of any emergency response is to not make the situation worse. Civil Defence emergencies may include earthquakes, flooding, structural collapse and many other scenarios. Persons can easily be trapped or injured and require assisted evacuation. Possessing sound safety skills and knowledge is essential for working at height as is having a repertoire of core rescue skills. This course meets all of these needs and more for the CDEM.
This course is specifically targeted at EM responders who may be tasked with the evacuation or extrication of persons from a height of 3 meters or more (a second story floor). The course includes a range of easily implemented techniques with an emphasis on safe work practices and hazard management.
All persons who successful complete all aspects of the course will gain the following NZQA Unit Standards:
  • 17600 Explain safe work practices for working at heights. Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • 24500 Demonstrate knowledge of, and use, CDEM rescue equipment and techniques, and rescue casualties at height Level 4, 4 Credits.
Successful completion of this course provides direct entry to the SARINZ Rope Rescue Responder course.

Storm Response Operations

This one-day course is intended for CDEM response personnel who are required to carry out temporary emergency repairs during a Civil Defence emergency.

This type of response work forms the nuts-and-bolts of response team activities for storm response operations and this one-day course builds on the access and safety skills of the CDEM Rescue at Heights course to enable persons to undertake emergency repairs to structures such as homes.

All persons who successful complete all aspects of the course will gain the following NZQA Unit Standards:
  • 23694 Undertake storm damage operations in a CDEM emergency. Level 3, 4 Credits.


NOTE: Contains pre-requisites as entry criteria.

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