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YES applications closing today

Posted at 9:52am Thursday 13 Apr, 2017

Today is the last day for young people living on the east coast of the Coromandel to get their applications in for this year’s Youth in Emergency Services Programme.

YES is a hands-on introduction of what it’s like to be involved with the Coromandel’s volunteer emergency services and applications close at 4pm.

But in order to deliver the programme, Thames-Coromandel District Council requires a minimum of 15 participants, aged 16-20 years, who currently live in the area stretching from Whangamata to Whitianga.

“Nominations close today and so far we haven’t received a single application,” says Thames Valley Civil Defence manager Helen Flynn.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our young people. Everyone that took part in the programme two years ago had a lot of fun and learnt some great skills. Many went on to volunteer for the Fire Service, St John, and LandSAR after enjoying the experience so much.”

TCDC delivers the YES programme in collaboration with the volunteer Fire Services, St John, Land Search and Rescue Thames Valley Civil Defence, Coastguard NZ and Surf Life Saving NZ.

The programme is delivered in two parts – theory and practical work – and each week the emergency service partners participating in YES take it in turns to deliver both components.

Each emergency service will deliver a two hour knowledge and skills sessions teaching participants what that service does and the equipment they use every Thursday night.

Then on the following Sunday, that service will run a four hour practical session which allows participants to use the skills and equipment they learned in the theory sessions.

While the final Sunday of the programme will be a combined exercise with a ’real life’ emergency scenario, followed by a graduation ceremony.

Participants will also be expected to volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours at an emergency service organisation of their choice at the conclusion of the programme.

Applications for the Thames-Coromandel District Council’s Youth in Emergency Services Programme close at 4pm today, April 13. To download nomination forms, visit

Successful nominees and their nominators will be notified by Monday, May 1.

If you have any questions about the application process or to submit nomination forms email Julie Dennis at:


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