Who is REST?

The Rescue Emergency Support Team (REST) is operated by the Palmerston North City Council as per the Civil Defence Emergency guidelines. REST has been registered as a “NZ Response Team” since 2004. This registration recognises the team’s ability to provide emergency response anywhere within New Zealand if requested by an affected region. Twice the Team has been a finalist in the CDEM “Organisation of the Year” award and has been the recipient of the “Operational Excellence” award; as well as winning a number of rescue competition trophies and Team Leader awards. Management Act 2002 in accordance with the Ministry’s national

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What Does REST Do?
REST members, who are all volunteers, provide support to emergency services within the Manawatu region for high angle rope rescue, flood and storm response, and swift water rescue. They also provide support to Palmerston North’s Rural Fire Team and continue to maintain a light Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability. REST operates two shifts and team members are activated by a paging system via Palmerston North City Council, or directly through the emergency services communication centres. As a support agency, REST responds from their base within 20 minutes with a complete technical rope and swift water rescue capability (NFPA 1670 Technician level).

Being a Team Member
Volunteers must be committed and dedicated to be selected for team membership. This requires a volunteer to provide rescue support for a minimum of 80 hours per year. The team trains weekly and additional training takes place on weekends to ensure their skills are maintained at a high level of readiness. They also attend Field Days and emergency services displays to promote Civil Defence’s “Get Ready, Get Thru” message.

The Rescue Emergency Support Team is an important part of Palmerston North City Council’s emergency response.

By the time they complete their training programme members will have completed internationally recognised qualifications such as NZQA National Certificates, Tertiary Certificates and up to five industry certificates in Rescue.

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