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Civil Defence demonstration this weekend

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Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Civil Defence volunteer?

See the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group volunteers in action this weekend at a training exercise and demonstration.

From 10am this Sunday, 17 March, the Hawke’s Bay Emergency Response Team will be demonstrating how it can operate in a disaster.

The demonstration will take place at the saddle carpark and surrounding area on Te Mata Peak in Havelock North.

Group Manager Ian Macdonald said Civil Defence volunteers were the backbone of the organisation.

“Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to respond as quickly to adverse events, or support our community as well as we can with our Emergency Response Team on board,” Mr Macdonald said.

“Our volunteers help out in many ways, from staffing the Emergency Operations Centre and helping out with planning, operations, logistics and communications functions, to providing welfare and first aid where it is most needed to support community-led responses.”

Mr Macdonald said Sunday’s demonstration was a great way to see first-hand the kind of work volunteers carry out, and the types of skills they learn.

“Volunteering for us is a great way learn new skills, while giving back to the community and providing a truly valuable service,” he said.

“If you’ve got the energy and commitment to become a volunteer, come along on Sunday to see what volunteering for Civil Defence is all about.”

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group volunteers take part in training and exercises throughout the year to learn and maintain skills and relationships with each other, partner agencies and group staff.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Marcus Hayes-Jones at

For more information on getting ready to get thru a civil defence emergency, visit or follow Hawke’s Bay Emergency on Facebook.


13 March 2019

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