Rescue emergency support team

Palmerston North's rescue emergency support team (REST) is one of 18 nationally accredited volunteer emergency rescue teams in the country. Find out what they do.

Photo shows search and rescue volunteers carrying out a training exercise.

Palmerston North's REST volunteers train to be ready when disaster strikes.

The team is run by Palmerston North City Council as part of the Civil Defence Act of 2002. It provides support to emergency services within the Manawatū region for:

  • civil defence emergency management
  • light urban search and rescue
  • flood, swift water or high angle rope rescue emergencies.

REST has been registered as a New Zealand response team since 2004 with the designation NZRT-4. This registration recognises the team's ability to provide emergency response anywhere in New Zealand if requested.

In 2016 the team:

  • attended 83 training exercises, displays and callouts
  • donated more than 3,800 hours to training and events
  • donated more than 200 hours to incident response
  • assisted the Police, Fire Service and SPCA National Rescue Unit.

REST team members:

  • are committed and dedicated
  • undergo regular training to maintain skills to the highest level possible
  • complete internationally recognised qualifications
  • work well under pressure
  • enjoy working in a team environment.

Joining the team

We're not looking for new team members at the moment but if you'd like to know more about joining or when we're next recruiting, email or call us on 06 356 8199. 

The team posts regular updates on Facebook about events, activities and recruitment. Visit the REST page on Facebook to see what we're doing: