After the busiest year on record, volunteer-based North Shore Rescue is looking for a few good men and women to join their team.
Team Mike Danks says new recruits don’t need special skills to join.
“We have a very good complement of paramedics and guides, and so on, and we’re really just throwing it out there to anyone who can commit and just be able to put in the time with our team.”
And expectations are high for new recruits.
“We need people like groundpounders, if you will. People who are keen to get out, just get involved and come out on rescues and attend training, and be a part of helping out this community.”
“As a member-in-training, you need to attend about 80% of our training, which is every Tuesday night and then we train one weekend day a month as wll, and just on top of that are the rescues.”
Applicants should be familiar with the North Shore, and have some hiking experience.
But the process is competitive – they will be choosing a maximum of 6 applicants from the pool of candidates.
“We can train people in search and rescue, and rope rescue and so on, but we want to make sure that those individuals fit in the structure of our team as well.”
The deadline to apply is January 8, with an introduction hike scheduled for January 10.