Training people to manage emergencies

Kia ora and welcome from the team at Devereux-Blum Training & Development Ltd.  As a Provider of Solutions working in Emergency Management we look forward to supporting you now and in the future.   We work in all sectors nationally: Non-Government and Government (State Sector, State Service, Public Sector and Public Service).

With our 27 years of knowledge, skills and experience we listen to your training needs and work alongside you to plan the how, when and what you need for your organisation and people.  Building long term relationships with organisations, providing continuity and reliable support. Our goal is to work to a standard of excellence from the time we connect with you, ensuring our journey together is positive and rewarding.

Our services range from developing and delivering tailored on-line/face to face training courses/packages, to facilitating desktop/ real exercises,  Governance workshops, reviewing Plans and Procedures, providing online coaching and much more.

As a NZQA Category 1 accredited Training Education Provider we are on a four-year evaluation cycle.  At our review in September 2022 we achieved Highly Confident and Excellent in all categories.    See our details on NZQA and the standards we are accredited to deliver.  

We specialise in the delivery of quality CIMS (Coordinated Incident Management System) training courses nationally. If required, we can deliver and assess to NZQA unit standards level 5.   CIMS in-house or multi-agency training courses are training services we deliver every week. Our CIMS online training package which includes self-paced online modules continues to be an excellent option in upskilling  people and organisations .

Our Trainer brings a depth of knowledge, expertise and experience to the ‘learning space’, training people within organisations to lead, manage and respond effectively and efficiently to an incident(s)/ multi-incident(s) response. Working within your own agency or a multi-agency response.  For more information, contact us

Feedback from our valued clients/learners:


  • Sharyn, thank you very much for your engagement, patience and wisdom.  You interact with us so well and know how to get people to engage.  I was very impressed and also grateful for the way you conducted this training.  July 2024
  • I would like to thank Sharyn for her assistance at training, her style of training, knowledge, engagement, positive attitude, drawing the best out of each comment spoken, a skill she masters. Tino pai to mahi he Kaiako Rangatira – Awesome work, a great leader and trainer May 2024
  • Excellent content and even better presentation from Sharyn.  Kept everyone well engaged and gave great feedback that helped the whole group a lot.  May 2024
  • I really enjoyed the classroom based training.  Sharyn is a great facilitator.  May 2024


  • Very enjoyable and informative.  Sharyn is a great presenter and is able to covey the knowledge at a level that is easy to understand.  July 2024
  • I enjoyed the style and presentation of this training.  There was a good mix of lecturing, interaction with participants, group work and discussions.  Additionally, Sharyn incorporated kaupapa Maori well and had a good appreciation of individual’s needs. July 2024
  • I really enjoyed the day and Sharyn’s teaching style.  I learnt a lot in just a few hours. July 2024
  • Very good facilitator, engaging, fast moving, enjoyable to listen to, very knowledgeable on the CIMS model and willing to assist the team.  June 2024
  • Great presentation style and excellent balance of practical and theory based training.  Engaged throughout the day.  June 2024
  • Training has answered questions on structure, key roles, roles defined and flexibility based on the incident.  May 2024

CIMS 3 Online

  • This course was informative and enjoyable:  June 2024
  • Great overview of CIMS and why it is important to apply.  May 2024
  • I found the videos very helpful.  March 2024

Call us on 04 232 5363 to talk with one of the team or email us for more information.

Check out our CIMS (Co-ordinated Incident Management System)  Business Continuity Planning and other tailored training packages.  Click below to hear our Trainer Paul speak about how we can help your organisation be prepared for any event:


Training (online and/or face-to-face)

View our in-house training, public courses, facilitation, coaching, consultancy services that are available nationally and internationally in a timeframe and format that works for your organisation.

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Exercises & Scenarios

An exercise is a simulation of an emergency situation. Training people who are involved in emergency planning and response is fundamental to an organisation’s ability to manage any emergency. Exercises can be discussion based, tabletop or live.

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Working with a variety of clients nationally, across many sectors, to develop their capacity to effectively manage emergencies that might be encountered in the workplace. We consult on a range of professional matters to develop resilience across your workplace or community.

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Why undertake Emergency Management Training?

It has been a year since Cyclone Gabrielle hit New Zealand and the recovery efforts are still continuing.  How prepared are we for another response (earthquake, cyclone, pandemic)?

  • Emergency Management Training prepares your organisation / business for incidents / emergencies / response.  Emergency and non-Emergency events can occur with little lead in time.
  • Consider:  What steps do you need to take to reduce the impact of, prepare for, respond to and recover from different incidents / response? Whether you are an CEO, Executive, Risk Manager, Emergency Responder, Health and Safety Representative or someone with a genuine interest in emergency readiness and workplace safety, then we encourage you to learn more about our Training Courses.

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