WREMO Big Day Out
On Wednesday 7th March, 28 students from seven of Porirua’s Community Emergency Hubs (previously known as Civil Defence Centres) came together to train on how to operate the Civil Defence Radio System.
Porirua City Council’s ‘Te Pahi’ picked up students from Cannons Creek, Tairangi, Titahi Bay, Plimmerton, Discovery, Pauatahanui and Pukerua Bay for a full day of learning at the Porirua WREMO (Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office) premises on Raiha Street in Elsdon.
We were welcomed in by Rebecca Jackson and the WREMO team and ushered into their amazing training facilities. Rebecca outlined the necessary Health and Safety guidelines, introduced the hardworking team and set the agenda for the day.
The students were then split into two groups, the first group stayed upstairs and began their Emergency Radio training in pairs while the second group went downstairs to learn First Response First Aid Training. The groups swapped over after 30minutes. Voice clarity and short sharp messaging was an important lesson for understanding each other, especially in an emergency. There is a weekly radio schedule set up for schools to check in on each other.
During the training, we were privileged to have our Civil Defence Minister and Mana MP Kris Faafoi visit. Minister Faafoi addressed the students and talked about his role and reassured them how important their work is.
After all their hard work, the students were treated to a BBQ lunch and a chance to get to know their peers from other schools.
All the students enjoyed their time learning life-long skills such as communicating clearly through the Emergency Radio System, what to do if there is an emergency and working together for everyone’s safety. At the end of the year, these students will train up two new students to take their place next year to ensure continuity.
Through this project, we are supporting Porirua City Council’s strategy of ‘ensuring the community has the knowledge, preparedness and resilience to manage during an emergency and recover after an emergency’.