Palmerston North's rescue emergency support team (REST) is one of 18 nationally accredited volunteer crews in the country. Whether helping during extreme weather, civil defence emergencies or search and rescue, the Palmy REST team is there, ready and able to lend a hand.
The team is run by Palmerston North City Council. It provides support to emergency services across the Manawatū region, as well as other locations in New Zealand when requested. In 2023 the team has supported Auckland during its floods, and Hawke's Bay and Palmy with the response to Cyclone Gabrielle.
Volunteers are trained for situations including:
REST team members:
From time to time we open applications for new team members. The best way to find out when applications open, as well as to find out more about what the team is doing, is to follow our REST page on Facebook.