Issue No. 9 - 4th August 2001
Volunteers a vital part of Civil Defence
Wanganui's Civil Defence organisation relies on a dedicated team of volunteers in an emergency.
2001 is the International Year of Volunteers, a United Nations-designated year devoted to the promotion, recognition, networking and facilitation of volunteers and volunteerism worldwide.
The Council's Emergency Manager Max Benseman says volunteers are a key part of Wanganui's Civil Defence team.
"Many of our volunteers are involved in the welfare team which deals with people who have to be evacuated during an emergency," Max said.
"We also have a 15-person rescue team which is totally made up of volunteers, plus there are rural people who operate radios and Council staff who volunteer to be part of the Civil Defence team.
"Some of our volunteers are aligned to organisations, such as Citizens Advice, Victim Support and Salvation Army, but others are individuals who are willing to make a commitment to Civil Defence."
There is also a focus on school boards of trustees and neighbourhood support groups to assist with Civil Defence in their areas.
"We really appreciate the time that our volunteers give up to help us during an emergency and to attend training," Max said.
"We expect them to be available at a moment's notice; we expect them to provide a professional service even though they are amateurs; and we always hope that we are not going to have an emergency and need to call on their services. But when we do need them, we know we can rely on them to get on with the job.
"The volunteers also get a lot out of helping us. They get a sense of achievement, feel they are contributing to their community and have a great camaraderie. They have the opportunity to mix with people they might not otherwise meet.
"In reality, everyone is a Civil Defence volunteer because we each have a responsibility to look after ourselves in the community."
For more information, contact Max Benseman, phone 349 0001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This week's Council Meetings
Agendas are available at the Help Desk, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.
The Council welcomes members of the public to attend its meetings.
What's new on our web site
Recent additions to the Council's web site include:
Caring for Your Textiles
with Museum Collection Manager
Barrel organ performance
Hear the Williams' Barrel Organ play at the Whanganui Regional Museum at 1.30pm
and 3.00pm on Sunday, August 5.