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Personal emergency skills course

image of a group learning about stretchers at the community training course

About 95% of rescues after a major event are carried out by survivors or bystanders who are drawn to the site by a desire to help.

If someone was trapped, injured or needed assistance, could you safely help them?

Emergency skills course 

The Wellington Emergency Response Team runs a free, practical emergency skills course. This course shows you what you can do to save lives and help others while keeping yourself safe.

The course covers:

  • How to prepare for an emergency
  • How to identify hazards
  • What to do during and after a major natural disaster 
  • How to put out fires
  • How to give first aid
  • Basic rescue skills, including:
    - searching for trapped survivors
    - moving casualties
    - making improvised stretchers

The course is six hours long and is held at the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO), 2 Turnbull St, Thorndon.

The course is supported by Wellington City Council and the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO).


The registration form has the list of scheduled courses:
Registration form

More information

For any general enquiries about the emergency skills course,
please contact Wellington Emergency Response Team Emergency skills coordinator.