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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.

Emergency Response Training

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

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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