New emer­gency train­ing for 50 Wellington teens


Fifty fu­ture emer­gency ser­vice he­roes from around the Wellington re­gion got hands on ex­pe­ri­ence last month.

The school stu­dents took part in a Youth in Emer­gency train­ing camp in Waikanae, do­ing train­ing sce­nar­ios, team­build­ing and lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties to de­velop their risk and re­sponse skills.

Sce­nar­ios in­cluded a 6am evac­u­a­tion call, where teams had to reach safety, iden­tify who was miss­ing, un­der­take a search op­er­a­tion and treat the wounded.

Tawa College stu­dent Daniel Hawinkels said he thought the early morn­ing drill was a good way of learn­ing how to re­spond to a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion.

Jor­dan Po­taka from Otaki College also en­joyed it. ’’It’s been a great few days,’’ he said.

‘‘I re­ally en­joyed be­ing part of the early morn­ing drill and learn­ing to be part of a team.’’

As well as learn­ing vi­tal skills like first-aid and lead­er­ship, the stu­dents were also able to de­velop friend­ships with other young peo­ple from around the re­gion who shared sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.

Daniella Emer-Bar­balich from St Catherine’s College said she en­joyed work­ing with oth­ers her age that were also pas­sion­ate about emer­gency re­sponse.

Here­taunga College stu­dent Ebony Peck said she had ‘‘met some amaz­ing peo­ple and made life time friends’’.

The stu­dents, many of whom have ex­pressed in­ter­est in ca­reers in the emer­gency ser­vices and de­fence force, had an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from emer­gency or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the fire ser­vice, New Zealand Po­lice and St John dur­ing the camps emer­gency ser­vices expo.

The New Zealand Fire Ser­vice as­sis­tant area com­man­der Mike Dom­broski said it was sat­is­fy­ing to see youth in­ter­ested in work­ing within emer­gency ser­vices.

‘‘En­gag­ing young peo­ple is im­por­tant work,’’ he said.

The camps were valu­able as they pro­vided young peo­ple with skills to help their com­mu­nity in times of need, he said.

‘‘Those camps are giv­ing young peo­ple a bit of a taste and a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence about what it’s like to be work­ing in an emer­gency ser­vice. It could be the first step in those kids vol­un­teer­ing.’’

For in­for­ma­tion on St Johns train­ing camps check their web­site

Fu­ture emer­gency ser­vice he­roes. Daniel Mak, Jor­dan Po­taka, Ivana Emer, Ed­uard Bradley, Ebony Peck, Daniella Emer-Bar­balich and Daniel Hawinkels

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