New Zealand Response Team - NZRT 18

NZ-RT18 was established in 2006 to fulfil the Hutt City Council’s responsibilities under the CDEM Act 2002 and is one of three registered teams within the greater Wellington Area. The team is based at the Hutt Valley Emergency Operations Centre, Laings Road Lower Hutt and is owned by the Hutt City Council.

The team responds to emergencies as part of Greater Wellington rescue response network. The Team works closely with Wellington’s local authorities and New Zealand's emergency services including Fire, Police and Ambulance. The team consists of approximately 20 volunteers from a variety of occupations and backgrounds including Rural Fire, Police, ex Military, government and self-employed personnel. We train fortnightly on a Monday from 6 pm – 9 pm and sometimes longer depending on the nature of the training session. We also train with other regional Response Teams where appropriate. The team’s training focuses on our core capability of General Rescue and USAR Light Rescue, we also train in Flood and Storm Response and Swiftwater Rescue. Members initially qualify to the NZ Orange Card CAT 1A standard. Other activities covered during training and exercises include chainsaw use, communications, Incident Management and 4 Wheel Driving.

Recent Activations have included:

  • Assisting local Police SAR with missing persons search operations in Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata, and Plimmerton.  
  • Natural adverse weather events.


The team can be called out by:

  • Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management
  • Wellington Region Emergency Management Office
  • NZ Police
  • NZ Fire Service 
  • Ambulance Service
  • NZDF

If called-out, the team abides to the lead agency’s legislation, operating rules and works within the lead agency’s command and control structures.