New Zealand Response Team - NZRT 18

Team Leader Update July 2015

Good Afternoon Team,

It has been a while since my last update so I thought I would give you a brief update on things happening behind the scenes. Last weekend we had our first social event of the year, this was well attended and everyone had a great night bowling and playing laser strike. A big thanks to Whaits who organised the evening and the exceptional price of the deal, thanks Whaits! We are looking to hold another social night within the next two months, the suggestion was either Go Karts or Paint ball, let me know if you are interested.

We are half way through the year already and had two deployments since my last update, one to assist Police and Landsar at Catchpool and the other due to the flooding in the Hutt Valley. Both of these deployments have been well attended and the response to both of these activations has been quick. There were many lessons learnt out of both deployments and I think these have been thrashed out enough during the informal discussions post each event, so I won't harp on about them.

There are a number of external courses coming up in the second half of the year. The swift water technicians are undertaking their recertification which is required every two years  and couple of team members will be undertaking the swift water responder course later in the year. This will also provide an opportunity for those swift water responders to undertake their recertification as well. 

At the end of July a number of team members will be undertaking a course on Suburban searching along with members from LandSAR and Police, this course will provide those team members with formal training in suburban searching. Suburban searching is an operation the team is getting called out to assist with more often and this course will be a great qualification for us moving forward. Thanks Ants for arranging this!

For our newer team members we have USAR Awareness coming up, the theory day is being held on the 11th of July starting at 9am and the practical day is being held on the 8th of August at 9am. This is a requirement to meet "orange card status" and to become a fully qualified team member, so it is important that you all attend. We also need a number of qualified and senior responders to assist with both of these days, if you are available to assist can you please let me know at your earliest convenience.

Cam recently sent out the revised training programme, have a good look at this and check to see what courses you are running. If you have any problems with obtaining material, talk to Cam in the first instance and he will be able to direct you to a good source of info, if you are unable to make the training then you must swap your training with someone else. Now for the gripe, you knew I would fit it in here somewhere; for those team members that were not at the last training I re-emphasised the need for our gear in the store room to be put back properly and for the store room to be left tidy. We are after one team member to assist Cam in the running of the store room and ensure it is keep in an orderly fashion, anyone interested in taking up this role should email me.

Last month the team purchased a whole heap of equipment for the swift water team, this included pulleys, a quick release, karabiners and an assortment of tapes and slings. This gear will greatly improve the cache already being held by the team and can be utilised by the team for other operations such as lowers and high lines. 

As some of you are aware Darryn has taken three months leave from the team to begin a new work project, over this time Whaits and Keri will be acting DeputyTeam Leaders. So if you are unable to get in contact with me, your next point of contact is either Whaits or Keri. 

That's it from me, have a great weekend and we will see you all on Monday.

Thanks Team

Glen Thompson