University Emergency Response Team

The Victoria University of Wellington Response Team provides light rescue and emergency response support services to the University and wider community.

The team is made up of staff and student volunteers who train regularly to be able to respond to major incidents affecting the University and wider community, when other emergency services are stretched or unavailable.

Training focuses on providing the following services during a major incident:

  • reconnaissance and survey of affected areas
  • disaster surface search and rescue (light rescue)
  • first aid and mass casualty triage
  • liaison and radio communication links with University building cluster groups
  • assistance to emergency services on site when required
  • welfare services to the University community.

Recruitment and training

If you're keen to join the University's emergency response team, contact safety@vuw.ac.nz

We run recruitment in February to March each year. We hold a few open training sessions to allow prospective members to to see if it's for them, before inviting formal applications to join the team.

Regular training takes place weekly during the academic terms on Monday nights from 5.30pm–7.30pm. There are also full day training courses from time to time in subjects such as first aid and general rescue.

No previous experience is necessary, but we look for people who work well in a team, are willing to learn, and are committed to attending training. All training and relevant equipment is provided.

For staff who aren't keen to commit to regular training, other opportunities to participate in emergency response at the University can be found on the staff intranet.