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No rescue without rescuers

Tuesday August 26 2014

Photo shows search and rescue volunteers dressed in protective gear and wearing harnesses lifting a person who has fallen down a rocky bank.

A recruitment drive is underway to find new members for the Palmerston North Rescue Emergency Support Team (REST). The team supports emergency rescue services locally, within the Manawatū and, when we're called upon, nationally.

Emergency management officer Graeme McIntyre says currently REST has 13 volunteers. Volunteers are deployed in teams of eight boosting our volunteer numbers to at least 16, perhaps 20.

"Being fit and healthy helps but you don't need to be a sporty type," says Graeme, "it's more about mind over matter. You can have a look at our Facebook page to see the type of work we do."

All members receive training and complete NZQA National Certificates, Tertiary Certificates and up to five industry certificates in Rescue. Service members provide rescue support for at least 80 hours per year and need to be available to train weekly, often on weekends, says Graeme.

"Our team has a really proud record of being one of the best teams in the country, collecting numerous awards. This takes dedication and commitment."

If you want to find out more then come along to the open night on 2 September 2014 at 7pm (meet on the steps in front of the Council Administration Building).

You can download an application form from pncc.govt.nz, or pick one up at the open night. Applications close on 12 September 2014.

Graeme McIntyre says all applications are assessed and applicants are interviewed. Those who make it through the interview process will then need to attend a training camp on the 3-5 October 2014 and following that weekend successful candidates will be announced.