Auckland Response Team West
New Zealand Response Team 3
Established in 1984, the West Auckland Response Team (NZ-RT3) are a group of volunteers who train weekly in order to prepare for disaster response. Our primary purpose is to provide additional response capability in times of emergencies and disasters for our local communities. We respond to emergency situations when emergency services require additional support or are overwhelmed. The team is currently owned and managed by Auckland Emergency Management.
The team is registered as a non-profit emergency response trust based around the Henderson area of West Auckland, serving the wider Auckland community. We have participated in community events such as the ANZAC day parades, Sirens & Sounds Festival, supporting the Auckland Marathon, even educating on ways people can prepare. We also respond nationally (as registered national response team 3) for declared Civil Defence emergencies, with members deployed to major incidents like the Canterbury Earthquake 2011, Kaikoura Earthquake 2016, and Edgecumb Flooding 2017.
Often unnoticed, civil defence response team members are driven with the greatest honour of serving the community. We join and stay because we know are here to help those in need. Not for glory but because we care about the people.
Our duty as unpaid trained volunteers is to serve the community, and to each of the team members. Treating everyone with the utmost respect and professionalism during training and real life deployments.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, we as responders gather our courage and enter complex situations to help. We undertake taskings as a high-trust team, and knowing people at home are supported and safe.