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Emergency & Safety Training

Are your staff and contractors as capable as they might be in terms of safety? Are your people prepared if a crisis occurs?

It is our mission to improve the emergency preparedness and response of people in New Zealand’s workplaces, especially in high-risk and industrial environments.

We offer both general and highly specialised training to equip your staff or contractors for risk management and emergency response.

At your business, for your business

We bring our trainers and specialist equipment to your workplace and customise our programmes accordingly. We believe not in simply helping customers tick a box in terms of training requirements, but in delivering hands-on workshops and assessments that are tailored to the outcomes you require, the unique risks presented by a site or role and the current skill level of individuals.

Frontline experience

Our trainers are skilled emergency response practitioners, highly experienced across fire and rescue, health and safety, security, emergency first response (medical) and forestry sectors.

Qualified to help

Our NZQA accredited subsidiary company Industry Training Works Ltd has consent to assess and delivers NZQA unit standards leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

We are also a pre-qualified CPNZ contractor, the new pan-industry ‘seal of approval’ for contractors. New Zealand’s captains of industry now insist on CPNZ pre-qualification.

EMS was the first emergency response company in New Zealand to be pre-qualified to the new CPNZ best-practise standard, and achieved a very high CPNZ score.

We are members of EMQUAL – the body that governs New Zealand’s Emergency Management Qualifications. Fellow members include the New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Fire Service, Royal New Zealand Coastguard, etc. We are one of only a few private organisations who are members.

 


Training Courses Include:

Workplace Health and Safety

  • Hazard Identification

  • Hazardous Substances And New Organisms (HSNO) Handlers

  • Confined Space

  • Gas Testing

 
  • Safe Work Practices When Working At Heights

  • Workplace Health And Safety

  • Breathing Apparatus

  • Fire Extinguisher

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Emergency Response Training

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Fire/Emergency Wardens

  • Breathing Apparatus

  • Introduction To Co-Ordinated Incident Management Systems (CIMS)

 
  • Fire Ground Entry

  • Vegetation Fire Fighting

  • Work as Part of an Incident Management Team

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First Aid Courses

  • Workplace First Aid

 
  • First Aid Refresher

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Professional Development Courses

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Civil Defence Training

  • Introduction To Co-Ordinated Incident Management Systems (CIMS)

 
  • Work as Part of an Incident Management Team

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Chainsaw And Forestry Skills Training

  • Introduction To Chainsaw Use

  • Chainsaw Use

 

Introductory Forestry Skills

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Other Training:

NZQA Training

We have consent to assess (accreditation) to deliver a wide range of of other unit standards covering several industries and sectors.

Refresher Training

Verification of currency of skills and knowledge is often required on major industrial sites and throughout industry generally. We offer refresher training for all our unit standard based courses, as required. Contact us for further information.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Continuing Professional Development accreditation for; Working at Heights, Confined Spaces, Fire Extinguishers, Workplace First Aid, Introduction to First Aid and First Aid refresher courses.

Fire Extinguisher Training

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Duration: ½ Day (3-4 hours)

This course is designed for all employees who may in the event of a fire need to use a fire extinguisher or fire hose.

The course is designed around Unit Standard 3271: Suppress fire with hand extinguishers and fixed hose reels.

At the course, individuals will learn:

  • The basic principles of fire suppression

  • The correct fire extinguisher for different classes of fire in the home and workplace

  • Setting strategies to deal with fires

Participants will each have the opportunity of correctly using a fire extinguisher on a contained fire.

Organisations often choose to combine this ½ day course with the ½ day Fire/Emergency Warden course for their in-house training.

Fire/Emergency Wardens

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Duration: ½ Day (3-4 hours)

This course is designed for people who have responsibility as a Fire/Emergency Warden.

Unit Standard 16799: Carry out the duties of a workplace emergency warden.

At the course, individuals will learn:

  • The duties of a workplace emergency warden

  • Roles and responsibilities when interacting with responding emergency services

  • Recording and reporting post event requirements

  • Requirements for after event maintenance, restoring and replacement of emergency equipment

  • Site emergency management plans

Organisations often choose to combine this ½ day course with the ½ day Fire Extinguisher course for their in-house training.

Breathing Apparatus Training

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Duration: 1 Day

This course is designed for people who may be required to wear and operate a Breathing Apparatus set in general work situations and/or emergency situations. We always clarify your needs first and tailor the course to suit.

The course is designed around Unit Standards 3272: Wear and operate breathing apparatus in a general emergency and 25044: Wear and operate Compressed air breathing apparatus in the workplace.

At the course, individuals will gain knowledge of:

  • Breathing apparatus and its features

  • Effects on the body of a BA wearer

  • The safe operation, preparation and monitoring of a BA set

  • BA set maintenance and storage

  • Recommissioning

Course participants will all wear and operate a BA set in simulated situations at the course.

Course candidates will be asked to affirm their physical capability for wearing BA and carrying the equipment. Please note: people with excessive facial hair may not be able to correctly seal the mask and may be ineligible for unit standard assessment.

Fire Ground Entry

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Duration: 1 Day

The National Rural Fire Authority requires that people entering a (vegetation) fire ground be trained accordingly or be under close supervision. This course delivers the basic requirements for people to be safe on a fire ground.

This course is for people who may be intending to work in the rural fire sector and attend vegetation fires.

An introductory level course, it will suit fire and rescue employees and volunteers, rural landowners and employees, forestry personnel, local and regional government employees and road transport operators.

At the course, individuals will gain an understanding of:

  • The fire environment

  • Vegetation fire behaviour

  • Personal protective clothing and equipment

  • Fire suppression strategies for vegetation fires

  • Safe work practices on the fire ground
     

Unit Standard 3285: Demonstrate knowledge of personal safety at vegetation.

Please Note: This theory course is a pre-requisite for other practical vegetation fire fighting training (see below).

Vegetation Fire Fighting Course

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Duration: 1-2 Days, depending on the skills of participants  

Location: A safe and suitable field site  

This practical course is designed for volunteer fire fighters and paid Fire Service personnel, people who work for or are associated with Rural Fire Authorities, as well as students and trainees who intend working in the vegetation fire sector.  


The law requires that any person working as a fire fighter on a (vegetation) fire ground have the basic skills and knowledge to keep them safe and able to work productively.  This course delivers those introductory practical skills in vegetation fire fighting, including:  

  • Hoses and water way equipment
  • Establishing and delivering water
  • Dry fire fighting techniques
  • Light pump operation

Unit Standards: 3270, 3286, 3287, and 21417  

We are able to customise this course to the specific requirements of your team or organisation.    

Please Note: The Fire Ground Entry theory course (see above) is a pre-requisite of this more hands-on fire fighting training course.

Work as Part of an Incident Management Team

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Duration: 1 Day

Unit Standard 22445

People whose organisation has designated positions for them in emergency response events should attend this course. It will also suit volunteers in emergency response agencies and people who may wish to complete a National Qualification.

Introduction To Co-Ordinated Incident Management Systems (CIMS)

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Duration: 1 Day

New Zealand has a range of agencies that provide the resources, expertise and specialist equipment needed to deal with emergency situations.  Agencies and their personnel regularly need to work and interact together to bring about a successful conclusion to a range of incidents.

People whose organisation has designated positions for them in emergency response events should attend this course. It will also suit volunteers in emergency response agencies and people who may wish to complete a National Qualification.

This course provides information on the CIMs concepts, legal responsibilities for incident management and the roles of team members within a CIMs structure.

The course has been designed to achieve Unit Standard 17279: Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system.

At the course, individuals will gain an understanding of:

  • Coordinated Incident Management in New Zealand

  • Control and command at incidents

  • Roles of agencies in CIMS

  • Where CIMS is applied

Hazard Identification

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Duration: 1 Day

This course is designed for all employees to assist in correctly reporting and putting in control measures for hazards in the workplace.

Unit Standards: 17602 Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the work place.

At the course, individuals will gain an understanding of:

  • What hazards are in relation to people, organisations and the environment

  • The requirements of the HSE act with regard to hazards

  • Hazard controls and methods

  • Hazard Identification processes, risk assessment and reporting 

Handling Hazardous Substances & New Organisms (HSNO)

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Duration: 1 Day

This course is designed for people who may seek to become approved Handlers and those who seek knowledge about the requirement of the HSNO Act 1996. The course is designed around Unit Standard 20645: Describe the requirements of the HSNO Act 1996 relevant to approved Handlers.

At the course, individuals will learn:

  • The purposes and principals of the HSNO Act in terms of hazardous substances.

  • Classifications of hazards based on adverse effects of each class of hazard in relation to the HSNO Act.

  • The enforcement and compliance regime for hazardous substances and new organisms in terms of hazardous substances.

  • The requirements of controlling hazardous substances.

  • The procedures to adopt in an emergency involving hazardous substances in accordance with organisational requirements.

Confined Spaces Training

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Duration: 1 Day

This course is designed for people who are required to enter and work safely in confined spaces. Candidates should be familiar with basic workplace health and safety requirements, and introductory level First Aid.

The course is designed around Unit Standard 18426: Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined space.

At the course, individuals will learn:

  • The definition of a confined space

  • Permit notification and implementation requirements

  • Control measures to eliminate, isolate and minimise the risk of hazards

  • Monitoring and confined space testing requirements

  • Responsibilities and duties of people entering confined spaces

  • Planning a confined space entry

  • Candidates will be required to assess a confined space for hazards in preparation for people entering it.

We are happy to deliver refresher courses in confined spaces entry. Contact our team today to discuss your needs.

Fire Extinguisher Training

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Duration: ½ Day (3-4 hours)

This course is designed for all employees who may in the event of a fire need to use a fire extinguisher or fire hose.

The course is designed around Unit Standard 3271: Suppress fire with hand extinguishers and fixed hose reels.

At the course, individuals will learn:

  • The basic principles of fire suppression

  • The correct fire extinguisher for different classes of fire in the home and workplace

  • Setting strategies to deal with fires

Participants will each have the opportunity of correctly using a fire extinguisher on a contained fire.

Organisations often choose to combine this ½ day course with the ½ day Fire/Emergency Warden course for their in-house training.

Safe Work Practises When Working At Heights

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Duration: 1 Day

This course is designed for people who work at heights and are required to wear a safety harness and associated equipment.

Unit Standard 17600: Explain safe work practices for working at height.

At the course, individuals will learn:

  • The legislative requirements involved in working at heights

  • Suitable systems for working at heights

  • Hazards associated with wearing a safety harness and associated equipment

  • How to check and fit a safety harness

  • Knowledge of rescue plans in the event of a fall

Participants will each do a practical exercise using the height safety equipment at height.

Workplace Health & Safety

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Duration: 1 Day

The Health and Safety in Employment Act outlines responsibilities for employers, employees and others.  This course covers these legal responsibilities and outlines practical ways of applying safe practices in the workplace.

Unit Standards 497: Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements and 17593: Apply safe work practices in the workplace.

At the course, individuals will gain an understanding of:

  • Responsibilities of employers and employees under the Act

  • Hazard identification and management

  • Reporting and recording incidents

  • Communicating safety messages

  • Safety culture

  • Safety systems

Participants will be required to demonstrate good health and safety work practices in their normal place of work and provide documentation of their own with relation to hazards identified and corrective actions recommended using the correct on site process and procedure.

Breathing Apparatus Training

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Duration: 1 Day

This course is designed for people who may be required to wear and operate a Breathing Apparatus set in general work situations and/or emergency situations. We always clarify your needs first and tailor the course to suit.

The course is designed around Unit Standards 3272: Wear and operate breathing apparatus in a general emergency and 25044: Wear and operate Compressed air breathing apparatus in the workplace.

At the course, individuals will gain knowledge of:

  • Breathing apparatus and its features

  • Effects on the body of a BA wearer

  • The safe operation, preparation and monitoring of a BA set

  • BA set maintenance and storage

  • Recommissioning

Course participants will all wear and operate a BA set in simulated situations at the course.

Course candidates will be asked to affirm their physical capability for wearing BA and carrying the equipment. Please note: people with excessive facial hair may not be able to correctly seal the mask and may be ineligible for unit standard assessment.

Workplace First Aid

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Duration: 1 Day

This course provides the minimum content for people managing first aid in the workplace, and those who seek the OSH recognition as a ‘First Aider'.

A ‘First Aider’ will be able to assess a scene, identify threats to their safety and the safety of others and take steps to respond to life threatening situations.

Who should attend:

  • People seeking to be designated Workplace ‘First Aiders'.

  • People seeking first aid skills more advanced than introductory.

  • Those who feel they will be able to assist as ‘responders' to a workplace or general emergency.

Unit Standards 26551: Provide first aid for life threatening conditions and 26552: Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions.

Please note: These Unit Standards have recently replaced 6400, 6401 and 6402. We can still train to these Units if you wish.

First Aid Refresher

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Duration: 1 Day

This course is a refresher for those who already hold NZQA First Aid Unit Standards and simply want to ensure their skills in First Aid still meet these standards.

This course is ideal for people managing First Aid in the workplace, and those who seek the OSH recognition as a ‘First Aider'.

A ‘First Aider’ is able to assess a scene, identify threats to their safety and the safety of others and take steps to respond to life threatening situations.

Professional Development Courses

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We can offer a range of professional development courses, which complement our health and safety and emergency response training.

These courses include:

  • Team Work

  • Assertiveness

  • Give And Receive Feedback

  • Time Management

We are accredited to assess a wide range of Unit Standards and can design a training programme specifically to suit your staff and your objectives. Just contact us to discuss your needs.

Introduction To Co-Ordinated Incident Management Systems (CIMS)

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Duration: 1 Day

New Zealand has a range of agencies that provide the resources, expertise and specialist equipment needed to deal with emergency situations.  Agencies and their personnel regularly need to work and interact together to bring about a successful conclusion to a range of incidents.

People whose organisation has designated positions for them in emergency response events should attend this course. It will also suit volunteers in emergency response agencies and people who may wish to complete a National Qualification.

This course provides information on the CIMs concepts, legal responsibilities for incident management and the roles of team members within a CIMs structure.

The course has been designed to achieve Unit Standard 17279: Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system.

At the course, individuals will gain an understanding of:

  • Coordinated Incident Management in New Zealand

  • Control and command at incidents

  • Roles of agencies in CIMS

  • Where CIMS is applied

Work as Part of an Incident Management Team

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Duration: 1 Day

Unit Standard 22445

People whose organisation has designated positions for them in emergency response events should attend this course. It will also suit volunteers in emergency response agencies and people who may wish to complete a National Qualification.

Introduction To Chainsaw Use

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Duration: 1 Day

The chainsaw is one of the most widely used pieces of farm, forest and garden equipment. It is also potentially one of the most dangerous.

Anyone seeking to use a chainsaw will benefit from this course. Participants may already be users of a saw but not aware of the safety standards and requirements.

At the course, individuals will gain an understanding of:

  • Their duties and the rules under the Health and Safety in Employment Act

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Safely transporting and maintaining a chainsaw

  • Safety features of a chainsaw

  • Introduction to use of the saw is also covered.

The course has been designed to achieve Unit Standard 6916: Demonstrate knowledge of the Approved code of practice relating to chainsaw use.

What to Bring:

Existing users of chainsaws should bring their own saws and personal protective equipment (PPE). Use of a chainsaw at the course will only be possible if individuals have minimum PPE of steel-capped safety footwear. Other items of PPE will be available to use.

Chainsaw Use

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Duration: 1 Day

Unit Standards: 6917 - Operate a chainsaw

This course follows on from Introduction to Chainsaw Use and can take place as a second day to the introductory course. Participants will identify components and reassemble a chainsaw, identify hazards and factors that influence the operation of a chainsaw, and start and safely operate a chainsaw in a managed situation.

At the course candidates will:

  • Demonstrate safety around the use of a chainsaw in relation to H&S Act

  • Identify safety features of the chainsaw and equipment

  • Understand the approved code of practice relating to chainsaw use

  • Understand the requirements relating to the transport and use of chainsaw fuel

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and understand first aid requirements for chainsaw operators

  • Operate a chainsaw safely

Anyone seeking to use a chainsaw will benefit from this course. Participants may already be users of a saw but may not have had any formal training.

What to Bring:

Participants will need to bring their own PPE, being a minimum of steel-capped safety footwear, and preferably also safety legwear, a safety helmet and hearing protection.

Introductory Forestry Skills

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NZQA Training

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Gas Testing

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Duration: 1 Day (for either Unit Standard)

This course focuses on creating a safe working environment, by ensuring awareness of the toxic properties of gases or vapours that may be present in the atmosphere.

This course is ideal for people who work on industrial sites whose role may include steam generation, water treatment, hydrocarbon processing, electrical generation, petrochemicals, dairy processing, meat and timber processing etc.

Course attendees will learn:

  • The reason for gas testing
  • Requirement for a safe working environment
  • Dangers of combustibles in hot work areas
  • Specific gasses and associated hazards
  • Identification and use of gas testing equipment


Unit Standards: 3058 or 25510

We are able to tailor this course to the specific requirements of the learners present.


 

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