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CIMS at Governance Level

CIMS at Governance Level – Incident Management Training is designed with Executive Leadership Teams and Chief Executives in mind.

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Desktop / Exercises Simulations

Simulations/Exercises provide you and your people with an excellent opportunity to test plans, policies and human elements in an emergency situation.  Simulations/Exercises give ... 

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Paul Blum

Paul is a Director and principal consultant of Devereux-Blum Training and Development Limited. Paul, nationally recognised as an expert in Emergency Management is skilled in ... 

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Sharyn Devereux-Blum

Sharyn Devereux-Blum, Director at Deverexu-Blum Training & Development Ltd

Sharyn is a Director and principal consultant of the company. Sharyn, a nationally recognised expert in Emergency Management is an experienced facilitator, trainer, teacher, consultant and coach who ... 

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Janice Laurenson

Janice is our Office Manager and works closely with both you, as the client and our trainers to ensure the training meets your needs.  Janice manages our administration, liaises with clients, ensuring ... 

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We have a growing number of people internationally with specialist skills and experience in emergency management training, facilitation, ... 

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Linda Blum

Linda has 25 years of experience in designing, developing and delivering training. She set up her own training and development consultancy in 1985. Linda works with the team in an advisory role. She ... 

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CIMS Building Capacity

CIMS Building Capacity:  In 2022, we are introducing a new training package – CIMS: Building Capability.  This package of training will be undertaken over a six-month period and will ... 

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What your emergency kit should contain

Are you prepared?  Do you have a fully stocked emergency or disaster kit you can rely on to keep you going when the unexpected happens?  Together with a well stocked first aid kit (masks, gloves, ... 

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Contact in an Emergency

Will your home phone work in an emergency?

If an emergency causes a power outage, will you and your loved ones be able to use your phone to call 111? If you have a home phone on new technology, you might qualify for extra support under the 111 Contact Code from your telecommunications provider. View this tip sheet on using your home phone during an emergency: Read more

NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency)

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

NEMA was established as part of the Government’s response to a Ministerial review into better responses to natural disasters and other emergencies.

NEMA ... 

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CIMS 3rd Edition

As an NZQA Category 1 Training Provider, we deliver tailored training which can include assessment for NZQA Unit Standards – CIMS Levels 3, 4, 5 & 6.  The CIMS 3rd edition is an updated resource ... 

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WREMO – Earthquake Planning Guide

Did you know that the WREMO have many community resources on their website?  The Earthqake Planning Guide is just one of these and it is available in 17 different languages and also as an audio guide.  This guide helps you prepare your family, whanau and those around you to get through the first few days after an earthquake or major weather incident.   Being ready is the key.   So how about taking a minute to click on this link and read through your guide with neighbours, family and friends.

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National Disaster Resilience Strategy

This strategy came into effect on the 10th April 2019.  The role of the strategy is to set out the goals and objectives for civil defence, emergency management over the next 10 years.

The strategy can be downloaded from the MCDEM Website. Read more

School Lockdowns

A lock down occurs where there is an identified risk and a need to contain and protect people.  They are an important part of school ... 

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CIMS Ongoing

CIMS ongoing is for those who have completed CIMS training and is the next step for people to advance their knowledge and skills working with the New Zealand Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS).  Training can be facilitated by Distance learning (webinars) or face-to-face.

The aim of the training is to pro-actively practice working with CIMS further,  developing greater confidence and competence to actively contribute during a response.  Training content / focus will be tailored to your organisation.

Training can be delivered either in-house or by webinars (2 x 1.5 hour) delivered by Sharyn.  Content is tailored to those people attendingContact Sharyn or Janice for further information.

Training content will focus on the activation and scale of the incident/response levels, analysing and determining the size of the team, establishing the room/facility setup. Read more

Leadership Training

This is a one-day interactive training for people who would step into a leadership position as a leader managing a large team of people (multi-agency), a leader managing a sub-function team, a leader managing volunteers or a leader supporting an aspect of the response / recovery process.   The aim of the training is that people will learn/refine and practice the knowledge and skills to lead a team of people gaining greater confidence and competence.
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Deaf Communities – Emergency Information

Deaf communities will have improved access to emergency information as the result of a Memorandum Of Understanding between the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand.  This MoU will provide a foundation for the two agencies to improve information before, during and after an emergency.

Up until now majority of the information shared about emergencies is done in media interviews, on TV and at Public Meetings.  In the event of a major emergency it is important that everyone be ready and able to follow any advise given.  Civil Defence and Deaf Aotearoa will work together to get New Zealand Sign Language interpreting used in emergencies where practicable – and to jointly create emergency preparedness resources.

Click here to read full article from Hon Kris Faafoi

Click here to go to Deaf Aotearoa website

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McDEM – Emergency Mobile Alert

If your life, health or property is in serious danger, an Emergency Mobile Alert could be sent to your mobile phone. The alerts are sent using cell broadcast technology, so there is no need to sign up or download an app. They can also be targeted to affected areas, so you will only get them if the emergency is in your area.

Emergency Mobile Alert messages can only be sent by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups, NZ Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
If your phone is on, capable of receiving them and inside the targeted area, you should get the alerts. You can find out whether your phone can receive the alerts at
Emergency Mobile Alert messages do not replace other emergency alerts. They are an additional way of warning you, along with other channels. Take immediate action. Not all phones are capable of receiving the alerts, so if you receive an alert, let others know. If you feel your life is in danger, don’t wait for an official warning.   Read more ….. Read more

Drones in disaster zones could prove a lifesaver

Drone carrying emergency supplies

Pioneering research from the University of South Australia has shown for the first time that drones can be used to detect human vital signs in war zones and natural disasters.

Under a collaborative agreement with the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, UniSA researchers have successfully trialled unmanned aerial vehicles to measure heart and respiratory rates using remote-sensing imaging systems, while hovering three metres from humans.

Video footage from the drones can detect changes in human skin tone and minute head movements to read vital signs, providing a low cost, accurate and convenient way to monitor heart rates without physical restrictions, researchers say.

The breakthrough could have many applications, including triaging disaster victims in earthquakes, detecting security and terrorism threats at airports, and remotely monitoring heart rates of premature babies in incubators.

Under the supervision of Professor Javaan Chahl, UniSA PhD students Ali Al-Naji and Asanka Perera carried out a number of experiments with 15 healthy individuals, ranging in age from 2-40 years, in both indoor and outdoor settings, and within close range of the drones.

The results were as accurate as traditional contact methods – ECGs, pulse oximeters and respiratory belts – that are currently used to monitor vital signs.

“This is the first time that video from a hovering UAV has been used to measure cardiorespiratory signals,” Chahl says.

The experiments were performed within three metres of humans but researchers expect the drones to capture information at much greater distances once the technology is further developed.

Heart monitors

The drones could help detect potential terrorists in public spaces, merely by measuring anomalies in their heart rates, according to Chahl, a Professor of Sensor Systems in UniSA’s School of Engineering.

“A person who is about to engage in violence will probably have anomalous behaviour and physiological signs.

“They might be highly agitated or unnaturally calm and in many cases they might be under the influence of drugs.

“There is a good chance that our system can detect these anomalies.”

In the developing world, expensive disposable electrodes could also be replaced with this technology to monitor vital signs remotely and eliminate the temptation to reuse the electrodes which can spread horrific skin infections between neonatal infants.

Aged care facilities may also benefit from the imaging systems which could be placed in strategic locations to monitor older people’s heart and breathing rates, Chahl adds.

“Obviously there are privacy and ethical issues around this technology that need to be resolved before it becomes common practice, but there is enormous potential to use machine vision systems to benefit society, particularly in the biomedical sphere.

“I expect we will be using this software in everyday life in the next decade.”

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Mini-relaxation exercises: A quick fix in stressful moments

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When you’ve got one minute

Place your hand just beneath your navel so you can feel the gentle rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. Breathe in. Pause for a count of three. Breathe out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation.

Or alternatively, while sitting comfortably, take a few slow deep breaths and quietly repeat to yourself “I am” as you breathe in and “at peace” as you breathe out. Repeat slowly two or three times. Then feel your entire body relax into the support of your chair.

When you’ve got two minutes

Count down slowly from 10 to 0. With each number, take one complete breath, inhaling and exhaling. For example, breathe in deeply, saying “10” to yourself. Breathe out slowly. On your next breath, say “nine”, and so on. If you feel lightheaded, count down more slowly to space your breaths further apart. When you reach zero, you should feel more relaxed. If not, go through the exercise again.

When you’ve got three minutes

While sitting, take a break from whatever you’re doing and check your body for tension. Relax your facial muscles and allow your jaw to open slightly. Let your shoulders drop. Let your arms fall to your sides. Allow your hands to loosen so there are spaces between your fingers. Uncross your legs or ankles. Feel your thighs sink into your chair, letting your legs fall comfortably apart. Feel your shins and calves become heavier and your feet grow roots into the floor. Now breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly.

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Commercial building owners & earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs)

Source: Duncan Cotterill partner Paul Calder via Property and Build

The new national framework for managing earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs) that became effective on 1 July 2017 has brought several changes.

These include a national register, new forms of EPB notice that must be displayed prominently on all EBPs and set time frames for assessment and strengthening.

Councils, engineers and commercial building owners are each assigned key responsibilities in connection with the implementation of the new system. These can be summarised as follows:

  • The initial identification of EPBs by councils do not involve a detailed engineering assessment of the buildings.
  • Councils are required to look at building


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Reserve Bank sets out its stance on cyber security

Reserve Bank of NZ building

Source: Sunday Star Times

Firms in the finance sector, regulators, and other authorities all have a part to play in managing cyber security risks, a Reserve Bank executive said.

They can take on this challenge while still benefiting from the opportunities of new financial technology, said Reserve Bank Head of Prudential Supervision, Toby Fiennes, in a speech delivered to the Future of Financial Services conference, in Auckland.

“The dynamic cyber environment means organisations have to be nimble in their approach to cyber security – focused on outcomes, rather than prescriptive compliance exercises,” said Fiennes.

He said that cyber-attack poses a significant threat to the global financial system, as shown by the ‘WannaCry’ ransom-ware attack that affected more than 200,000 systems around the world and the more recent ‘Notpetya’ attack.

“The nature and incidence of cyber risk is unique, meaning that typical approaches to risk management and disaster recovery planning may not be appropriate. While cyber vulnerabilities can be mitigated, the potential sources of cyber threats and the attack footprint are just too broad, so they can never be eliminated,” Fiennes said.

The Reserve Bank had thought about whether to introduce more prescriptive requirements but decided not to at this stage.

“We doubt that prescriptive regulations would appreciably improve the outcome, when the technology and threat landscape are both changing so rapidly. We will, however, review this policy stance from time-to-time to ensure that it remains appropriate,” Fiennes said.

“The Reserve Bank is closely watching the emerging wave of ‘digital disruption’ affecting the financial sector as firms react to customer demand for a more online experience. In the short term, digital disruption may result in new risks and increased instability in the financial system but in the long term, digital disruption of the banking sector may improve the efficiency of the financial system. The long-term impact on financial system soundness is less clear. Read more. Read more

Cell broadcast alerting

Source: Beehive Media Release

The implementation of a new nationwide channel for sending alerts about emergencies to mobile phones is on track to be up and running by the end of the year.

Cell broadcast alerting is a new way of sending information to mobile phones in a set area without people needing to download an app or subscribe to a service.

The alerts will appear similar to text messages. They are received automatically and for free by all cell broadcast enabled mobile phones in the area,” former Civil Defence Minister Mr Brownlee said.

“Discussions with New Zealand’s major telecommunications companies are progressing well and we expect to have contracts signed in the coming weeks.

“Once the cell broadcast alerting system is up and running, an alert will be sent out to mobile phones through the cell towers in the affected areas in the event of an emergency.

“As no technology is 100 per cent failsafe or equally useful in all conditions and emergencies, multiple channels will continue to be used to send alerts when emergencies happen.

“These channels include radio, television, websites, various social media, smartphone apps, sirens and others.”

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Rural alliance fronting suicide prevention training

Source: Safety News

Some 185 farmers took their lives between 2007-15, compared with 8 per cent in the general population.

Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) chair Dr Martin London says RHAANZ and Pasifika community support Le Va are two organisations that have been specifically funded by the Ministry of Health to upskill community groups and health professionals in suicide prevention strategies.

“Our focus is to upskill our rural health professionals and social service workers.

“We would also like to pay a little kudos to the Ministry of Health.

“In the last year, RHAANZ provided 50 workshops across regional communities upskilling them in how to talk directly about suicide with people they love and care for.”

The workshops were a resounding success, London claims. Read more here. Read more

National code for quake-prone buildings leaves owners with less time, tighter rules

Source: Stuff news

Owners could be left with less time and tighter rules in bringing quake-prone buildings up to code as national regulations are overhauled.

The changes, which begin on Saturday, will take decision-making away from territorial authorities with their own guidelines and create a single, national policy.

The Building Amendment Act 2016 sets a standardised time limit for the strengthening or demolition of quake-prone buildings to take place.

Regions will be divided into areas of low, medium and high seismic risk and deadlines will differ accordingly.

In Marlborough, a region deemed high risk, some building owners could be given two-and-a-half years less than under council rules to complete obligatory upgrades. Read more here. Read more

Care box for people contemplating suicide

Source: Nicholas McBride at Stuff

A care box is being developed to help people in times of high stress.

 A young woman who has struggled with her own mental health is hoping to develop a care box to help others when they are contemplating suicide.

Massey University student Shailah Anderson hopes a self-help care package will get people through crucial hours or days.

Anderson, 22, said in a mental health crisis, time could be crucial.

Massey University student Shailah Anderson hopes a self-help care package will help people through tough times.

 “It’s designed to buy time when someone is alone at night or waiting for an appointment in case they don’t think they can make it through the next hour or day.”

The packages will contain an array of sensory items such as perfume and stress balls, to distract the hands and mind.

Anderson said she had experienced both good and bad mental healthcare and was concerned by delays.

“I’ve found that mental health services often require people to be at a certain level of distress before they step in and that can be dangerous.”

The care package is part of a practical help project through the national Tuia Tangatahi leadership programme run by the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs.

The project aligned with her studies and her own experiences with mental health issues and gaps in mental health care.

Anderson also wanted to make it easier for people to connect with the right help.

The Manawatu/Horowhenua Mental Health Directory could be overwhelming at 100 pages, so she hoped to develop an app to match people to the most suitable services to them.

Mental Health Foundation spokeswoman Sophia Graham said while it was not a replacement for talking with professionals, boxes could still help. “Anything that gives people the tools they need to cope in a heightened state of crisis is going to be a good thing.”

People did not stay in high states of distress for long periods and could use things as a distraction to get through. “We know they provide a bit of a distraction, something for the brain to do.”

Even simple things could help people hold on. “You get a care box from someone who cares for you. Knowing someone cares about you is a real boon to your mental health.”

Being based on Anderson’s own experiences gave the idea more credence, Graham said.


Lifeline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 354

Depression Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 111 757

Healthline (open 24/7) – 0800 611 116

Samaritans (open 24/7) – 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

Youthline (open 24/7) – 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email

0800 WHATSUP children’s helpline – phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day.

Kidsline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.

Your local Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 787 797. You can also text 8691 for free.

For further information, contact the Mental Health Foundation’s free Resource and Information Service (09 623 4812).

 – Stuff

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New workplace safety laws bring drop in accidents

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Businesses are reaping the benefits from changes to workplace health and safety legislation. One year on from changes to workplace health and safety legislation, a Nelson compliance expert says the region’s businesses and employees are reaping the benefits. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force on April 4 last year and replaced the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. Source: Tim O’Connell at Stuff. Check out the full article here.

The bill is part of the package of changes that have been introduced following the Pike River tragedy and subsequent reviews which observed a poor health and safety record in New Zealand. According to Worksafe NZ figures, 316 people died in New Zealand workplace incidents reported between 2011 and May 25, 2017 – an average of 45 annually. The worst year during that period was 2013 when 57 people died.

So far in 2017, 22 fatalities have occurred, with Waikato (4) Canterbury, Gisborne and Northland (3 each) the main regions impacted. No deaths have occurred at a Nelson or Tasman workplace this year, although 12 deaths were reported between 2011 and 2016. According to Worksafe’s Towards 2020 document, NZ was making positive progress towards the target reductions for fatal and serious non-fatal injury.

Fatal work-related injuries are at the lowest rate since the data series began in 2002 with 2.2 fatal injuries per 100,000 fulltime equivalent employees, as were serious non-fatal work-related injuries, with 15 injuries per 100,000. This rate has decreased each year since 2011. Work-related injuries resulting in more than a week away from work are currently sitting above the 2020 target of 8.4 at 11.9 per 1000 fulltime equivalent employees.

Despite some progress, WorkSafe estimate data suggested that New Zealand’s fatal injury rate remained higher in comparison to Australia and the United Kingdom. Nelson-based health and safety consultant Peter Fisher has been involved with workplace compliance for more than 40 years, both independently and with the Department of Labour. Fisher said the current legislation was “sitting where it should be”, although some improvements could be made towards having clearer definitions around  serious harm in some areas. Read more. Read more

Domain – Workplace Health and Safety Management

Level Credits Unit Standard (US) Description
3 10 Credits 22318 Demonstrate knowledge of employer responsibilities in relation to drug and/or alcohol use in the workplace
4 12 Credits 22317 Demonstrate knowledge of drug hazard management in the workplace
4 25 Credits 5607 Implement workplace health and safety management requirements
5 10 Credits 5608 Manage workplace management health and safety

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Domain – Workplace Fire and Emergency Response

Level Credits Unit Standard (US) Description
2 3 Credits 16798 Take preventative measures against emergencies in the workplace
2 3 Credits 32158 Demonstrate basic knowledge of New Zealand’s  Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS)
4 4 Credits 16804 Conduct non-technical workplace audits on emergency equipment and systems
4 4 Credits 16805 Manage workplace emergency prevention processes
4 4 Credits 16809 Coordinate workplace emergency protection activities
4 7 Credits 16945 Analyse the fundamentals of human behaviour in fire conditions
4 2 Credits 29553 Demonstrate operational knowledge of New Zealand’s Coordinated Incident Management System functions and structure
4 3 Credits 29554 Apply operational knowledge of New Zealand’s Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS)
5 22446 Under Review: Perform the planning/intelligence function in an Incident Management Team (IMT)


22447 Under Review: Perform the operations management function in an Incident Management Team (IMT)
5   22448 Under Review: Perform the logistics function in an Incident Management Team (IMT)
6 10 Credits 16810 Develop a Workplace Emergency Management Plan
6 15 Credits 22449 Manage an Incident Management Team (IMT) response
6 15 Credits 22450 Control and coordinate a multi-incident response

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Domain – Occupational Health and Safety Practice

Level Credits Unit Standard (US) Description
1 3 Credits 497 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements
2 3 Credits 17459 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe manual handling practices in the workplace
2 4 Credits 17593 Apply safe work practices in the workplace
2 4 Credits 19522 Undertake job safety analysis
2 2 Credits 21337 Demonstrate knowledge of sleep and sleep management in relation to work performance
2 6 Credits 22316 Demonstrate knowledge of the management of drug and/or alcohol-related problems in the workplace
2 4 Credits 25043 Lockout and reinstate machinery in the workplace
2 2 Credits 25046 Describe hazard identification and control, and apply risk assessment procedures under supervision in the workplace
2 3 Credits 25048 Handle dangerous and hazardous goods in the workplace
3 4 Credits 11961 Handle and store hazardous substances in the workplace
3 4 Credits 17585 Demonstrate knowledge of working safely in extremes of temperature
3 4 Credits 17586 Demonstrate knowledge of electrical safety in the workplace
3 4 Credits 17588 Apply for, accept, and carry out work according to a work permit in the workplace
3 6 Credits 17590 Issue worksite specific work permits
3 8 Credits 17591 Demonstrate knowledge of the prevention and management of Discomfort, Pain and Injury (DPI) in the workplace
3 4 Credits 17592 Identify the causes of back injury and methods to prevent back injuries in the workplace
3 3 Credits 17594 Demonstrate knowledge of hearing conservation in the workplace
3 8 Credits 17596 Demonstrate knowledge of safety observer responsibilities in the workplace
3 3 Credits 17600 Explain safe work practices for working at heights
3 4 Credits 17602 Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplace
3 3 Credits 18408 Demonstrate knowledge of fire and emergency warden duties in the workplace
3 4 Credits 18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces
3 3 Credits 20645 Describe the requirements of the HSNO Act 1996 relevant to approved handlers
3 4 Credits 20733 Demonstrate knowledge of safe storage and handling of hazardous substances in the workplace
3 8 Credits 21467 Store and handle workplace chemicals
3 4 Credits 25042 Prepare a workplace health and safety improvement plan using data analysis and productivity measures
3 4 Credits 25044 Wear and operate compressed air breathing apparatus in the workplace
3 4 Credits 25045 Employ height safety equipment in the workplace
3 2 Credits 25458 Perform urine specimen collection in the workplace for drug testing
3 4 Credits 25510 Operate an atmospheric testing device to determine a suitable atmosphere exists to work safely
3 2 Credits 29315 Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace
4 4 Credits 15189 Implement a health and safety plan for a workplace
4 5 Credits 17589 Monitor, control and audit work permit systems
4 8 Credits 17595 Explain health and safety management requirements for contractors working on site
4 5 Credits 17599 Plan a confined space entry
4 6 Credits 17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation
4 4 Credits 18410 Manage hazard identification and control on plant and machinery
4 6 Credits 18411 Explain organisational injury management procedures
4 6 Credits 18412 Explain the requirements of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
4 5 Credits 19340 Explain the establishment and operation of a workplace health and safety committee
4 6 Credits 19341 Demonstrate knowledge of Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies in the workplace
4 5 Credits 19521 Explain the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment (HSE) Act 1992
4 4 Credits 25511 Perform urine drug screening in the workplace
4 10 Credits 5616 Develop and implement a hazard management system for a selected business operation
4 15 Credits 5619 Conduct an occupational health and safety management systems audit for a selected business operation
4 6 Credits 6575 Develop occupational safety and health recommendations for improving ergonomic conditions
5 5 Credits 5618 Maintain standards of practice in an occupational health and safety practice
5 4 Credits 6988 Develop an occupational safety and health proposal for an ergonomics project
6 10 Credits 27243 Lead a Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study in the workplace
6 20 Credits 5615 Develop systems for occupational health and safety management practice
6 30 Credits 5617 Facilitate hazard management in an occupational health and safety practice
6 30 Credits 5620 Evaluate occupational health and safety standards and practice
6 20 Credits 5621 Plan and evaluate programmes to promote occupational health and safety practice

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Domain – First Aid

Level Credits Unit Standard (US) Description
1 1 Credits 6402 Provide basic life support
2 1 Credits 25459 Provide first aid for young children
2 1 Credits 6401 Provide first aid
3 2 Credits 6400 Manage first aid in an emergency situation

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Domain – Fire and Rescue Services – Vegetation

Level Credits Unit Standard (US) Description
2 2 Credits 21417 Operate light portable pumps in a vegetation fire environment
3 3 Credits 14565 Use maps to locate and plan a navigation route to a vegetation fire
3 2 Credits 20399 Demonstrate knowledge of legislated responsibilities of Rural Fire Officers and a Rural Fire Authority
3 3 Credits 3285 Demonstrate knowledge of protection of personal safety at vegetation fires
3 3 Credits 3286 Control vegetation fires using dry fire fighting techniques
3 3 Credits 3287 Suppress vegetation fires with water and with water with additives
3 2 Credits 3288 Load water and additives for aerial operations at vegetation fires
3 3 Credits 3289 Carry out hand-operated ignition at prescribed vegetation burning operations
4 4 Credits 14556 Apply Fire Weather Index System data for fire reduction and readiness measures
4 3 Credits 14564 Demonstrate knowledge of the fire environment on vegetation fire behaviour
4 3 Credits 20398 Issue fire permits
4 4 Credits 3291 Lead a vegetation fire crew
4 3 Credits 3292 Lead heavy machinery operations for use at vegetation fires
4 4 Credits 3293 Lead ground support for air operations at vegetation fires
4 3 Credits 3294 Lead a prescribed vegetation burning operation crew
4 3 Credits 3299 Provide vegetation fire support services
5 6 Credits 10615 Investigate origin and cause of vegetation fires
5 5 Credits 14563 Supervise aerial fire suppression operations at vegetation fires
5 8 Credits 20396 Manage ground operations at vegetation fires
5 8 Credits 20397 Demonstrate knowledge of the legislated responsibilities of a Principal Rural Fire Officer
5 6 Credits 3290 Exercise initial response, command, and control for vegetation fire operations
5 6 Credits 3296 Manage prescribed vegetation burning operations
5 5 Credits 3304 Assess threat from vegetation fire
5 8 Credits 4648 Demonstrate knowledge of vegetation fire behaviour
6 8 Credits 3297 Manage air operations at vegetation fires
6 8 Credits 3300 Command vegetation fire incidents
6 10 Credits 4649 Apply knowledge of vegetation fire behaviour for fire management
6 10 Credits 4650 Carry out planning activities at rural fire operations

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Domain – Fire and Rescue Services – Structural and Industrial

Level Credits Unit Standard  Description
2 4 Credits 3283 Demonstrate knowledge of personal safety at fire and emergency incidents
2 2 Credits 3309 Carry out and report on inspections for fire and rescue risk planning
2 3 Credits 3310 Check hydrants and water supplies
3 4 Credits 16933 Describe the legislative process and the legislation empowering response to fire and emergencies
3 4 Credits 16936 Demonstrate knowledge of community risk management elements in fire and rescue services
3 5 Credits 16943 Identify principles of fire development in structures and compartments and smoke impact on people
3 4 Credits 16952 Apply salvage and overhaul techniques in fire and rescue services
3 6 Credits 20393 Enter and suppress fire in a fire-affected building
3 4 Credits 20394 Apply basic ventilation techniques to assist fire and rescue operations
3 5 Credits 23406 Provide first aid for trauma and medical emergency situations
3 4 Credits 25978 Demonstrate knowledge of rescue equipment and establish a rescue tool staging area
3 3 Credits 3312 Carry out decontamination procedures
4 6 Credits 14562 Perform specialist rescues in confined spaces
4 5 Credits 16934 Apply legislation in fire and rescue services
4 4 Credits 16937 Apply community risk management elements in fire and rescue services
4 5 Credits 16947 Practise casualty care in fire and rescue services during rescue and extrication activities
4 10 Credits 16949 Apply rescue techniques for the extrication of entrapped people from vehicle wreckage
4 6 Credits 20395 Wear and operate breathing apparatus in specialist emergencies
4 3 Credits 23407 Conduct drills for fire fighting crews
4 6 Credits 3305 Operate aerial appliances in emergency situations
4 8 Credits 3307 Demonstrate knowledge of elements of construction and loads in fixed and mobile property fires
4 7 Credits 3316 Service breathing apparatus equipment
4 4 Credits 4651 Demonstrate knowledge of structural fire behaviour
5 6 Credits 14898 Exercise initial command and control at fuel fires
5 10 Credits 16935 Review and apply operational instructions for fire and rescue services in terms of legislative requirements
5 10 Credits 16944 Apply knowledge of advanced fire development in structures and compartments
5 6 Credits 16948 Identify and control hazards in fire and rescue service operations at accident sites
5 10 Credits 16950 Control incident management activities at vehicle accident scenes in fire and rescue services
5 6 Credits 16951 Manage ventilation operations to assist fire and rescue operations
5 6 Credits 24612 Conduct an initial investigation into the cause of a structural fire
5 8 Credits 3284 Carry out community fire risk manager duties
5 6 Credits 3311 Exercise initial command and control at hazardous substance emergencies
5 7 Credits 3315 Carry out Incident Ground Safety Officer duties
5 10 Credits 3317 Exercise initial command and control at structure fires
5 6 Credits 4652 Explain principles of structural fire
6 6 Credits 10617 Exercise command at multiple crew emergency incidents
6 10 Credits 16938 Incorporate community risk management elements into fire and rescue services planning
6 15 Credits 16953 Substantiate, determine, and report on the cause of structural fires

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Domain – Fire and Rescue Services – Generic Fire Fighting

Level Credit Unit Standard Description
2 2 Credits 26992 Use access ladders in emergency situations
2 2 Credits 26994 Use general purpose knots and lines in emergency situations
2 3 Credits 3270 Establish and deliver water supplies for fire fighting
2 2 Credits 3278 Demonstrate knowledge of command and control structure of an emergency service provider
3 4 Credits 14553 Explain the role of the fire and rescue service provider in community emergency incident preparedness
3 3 Credits 14555 Carry out defensive control of structure and vehicle fires
3 2 Credits 14557 Demonstrate knowledge of personnel emergencies on the incident ground
3 4 Credits 20385 Demonstrate hydraulic knowledge for fire fighting
3 3 Credits 20386 Operate portable pumps for fire fighting
3 2 Credits 20388 Work safely with aircraft at emergency incidents
3 4 Credits 20392 Protect and preserve a fire scene
3 2 Credits 26993 Use rescue ladders in fire and rescue situations
3 3 Credits 26995 Use rescue knots and lines in fire and rescue situations
3 3 Credits 3272 Wear and operate breathing apparatus in general emergencies
3 2 Credits 3274 Carry out station duties
3 6 Credits 3275 Carry out tests on fire and rescue equipment
4 5 Credits 10618


Rescue casualties using rescue techniques
4 4 Credits 14560


Identify and utilise installed fire systems
4 5 Credits 20387 Operate self-propelled pumps for fire fighting
4 3 Credits 24614 Fill fire service breathing apparatus cylinders
4 8 Credits 3267 Drive fire and rescue vehicles in emergency situations
5 6 Credits 10613 Manage a volunteer fire and rescue group
5 3 Credits 14554 Direct external defensive fire control operations
5 6 Credits 3279 Manage station level duties
5 8 Credits 3281 Assess and address risk with respect to fire
5 8 Credits 3321 Lead a petrochemical emergency response team
6 12 Credits 3280 Manage fire officer duties
6 8 Credits 3322 Coordinate petrochemical emergency operations
6 8 Credits 3323 Select methods of fighting petrochemical tank fires

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Domain – Civil Defence Operation

Level Credit Unit Standard Description
2 3 Credits 20473 Rescue casualties at ground level using Civil Defence general rescue techniques
2 2 Credits 22298 Protect personal safety and the safety of others at flood incidents
2 2 Credits 23692 Demonstrate knowledge of driving legislation and CDEM organisation’s standard operational procedures for driving
2 3 Credits 528 Demonstrate survival techniques for a Civil Defence emergency
2 2 Credits 7317 Demonstrate knowledge of the civil defence emergency management (CDEM) general rescue function
2 4 Credits 7332 Control the movement of people and vehicles at a specified location during a civil defence emergency
2 2 Credits 7334 Demonstrate knowledge of the functions and operations of Civil Defence Emergency Management
2 2 Credits 7335 Demonstrate knowledge of the role and powers of a controller in a declared emergency
3 3 Credits 20853 Demonstrate knowledge of the establishment and maintenance of a CDEM communications system
3 3 Credits 20854 Operate a Civil Defence Emergency Management communications system
3 4 Credits 22297 Provide initial response at flood incidents
3 3 Credits 23693 Navigate in urban and rural areas during a CDEM emergency
3 4 Credits 23694 Undertake storm damage operations in a CDEM emergency
3 3 Credits 23695 Provide companion animal welfare during a CDEM emergency
3 3 Credits 23696 Demonstrate knowledge of and provide support at a CDEM emergency operations centre (EOC)
3 3 Credits 7315 Process information during an emergency
3 4 Credits 7321 Process information during an emergency
4 3 Credits 23690 Conduct CDEM operational briefings and debriefings, and issue operational orders
4 6 Credits 23691 Drive civil defence emergency vehicles in operational situations
4 4 Credits 24500 Demonstrate knowledge of, and use, CDEM rescue equipment and techniques, and rescue casualties at height
5 5 Credits 7331 Manage the provision of resources to meet Civil Defence emergency demands

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Domain – Civil Defence Management

Level Credit Unit Standard Description
Level 2 2 Credits 23703 Demonstrate knowledge of the administration of a CDEM volunteer group
Level 4 6 Credits 23697 Plan, manage and evaluate CDEM exercises
Level 4 8 Credits 23698 Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theory and use it in CDEM situations
Level 4 5 Credits 23702 Coordinate and manage spontaneous volunteers during a CDEM emergency
Level 4 3 Credits 7319 Manage mass casualty triage in a civil defence and emergency management (CDEM) emergency
Level 4 5 Credits 7325 Establish a Civil Defence Emergency Management section
Level 4 5 Credits 7327 Coordinate a Civil Defence emergency response for a community
Level 4 5 Credits 7330 Supervise a welfare centre during an emergency
Level 5 6 Credits 23701 Develop training and support programmes, and recruit, appoint, and manage CDEM volunteers
Level 5 4 Credits 7322 Produce a Standard Operating Procedure for a Civil Defence Emergency Management organisation

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Domain – Civil Defence Emergency Management Response

Level Credit Unit Standard Description
Level 2 3 Credits 26386 Describe New Zealand’s hazardscape and its management
Level 2 3 Credits 7336 Demonstrate knowledge of welfare centre functions during an emergency
Level 3 2 Credits 26608 Describe the process for declaring, extending, and terminating a state of emergency

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200 people relocating for Kaikōura jobs

Source: Chris Hutching at Stuff 

The first of NCTIR’s prefabricated accommodation units to house workers on road and rail projects around Kaikōura arrived this week as more ground is prepared. Workers are pouring into Kaikōura for the earthquake rebuild as employment agency Turbo Staff sets up an office there. Turbo Staff provides workers for construction companies around New Zealand and is focusing on Kaikōura as rebuild work begins to accelerate there. Founding director Ihaka Rongonui said he had 25 staff at Kaikōura already and expected to have up to 200 relocating there over the next 18 months.


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Helpful tips and advice for New Zealanders affected by earthquakes

After the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes, Mental Health NZ compiled a useful list of resources to help guide people through earthquakes and aftershocks.

Tips for coping after an earthquake
Mental Health Foundation (2016)
A short list of things to do that can make you and others feel better under exceptional circumstances. 

Take care of your children but don’t forget yourself
Mental Health Foundation (2016)
It’s not always possible to judge if or when children are scared or worried about things happening in their life They may be reluctant to talk about their fears or may not be aware of how they are being affected by the things happening to them and around them. Parents can look for clues as to how their child is reacting.

Earthquake stress information in different languages
Canterbury DHB (2011)
Following such immensely upsetting events, people understandably feel distressed. Read about common responses to an earthquake, coping mechanisms and reactions from children.

When the quakes go on and on
Skylight (2012)
Strategies for self-care when the after-shocks keep coming and nothing is certain.


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