Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Urban Search and Rescue Superhero

Yesterday Matua Whaitiri, our school Kapa Haka teacher, came to talk to us about one of his other jobs as a real-life superhero.  He is a volunteer with Urban Search and Rescue.  Matua told us about what he does and showed us his uniform.

We found out that Urban Search and Rescue help people during and after:

  • storms
  • floods
  • snowstorms
  • earthquakes
  • tsunami

Some of the equipment they need is:

  • first aid kit
  • helmet
  • suit with reflective tape on it
  • personal line (rope for tying themselves to a safe place when they are up high)
  • stretchers
  • lights
  • vehicles

Matua told us about some of the operations that he has been involved in.  He went to Queensland in Australia in 2011 to help out after some big floods.  He also helped out in Christchurch after the earthquakes with checking damaged buildings for people.

We thought it sounded like a very interesting, important and exciting job!

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