Red Cross disaster management coordinator Mata Hetland said the students had demonstrated they had learned very well.
“It was very pleasing to have Nukutere College with us for the training course. In the past we have run the training during school holidays which really doesn’t work.
“(That’s because) many students don’t turn up, because they don’t have to.
“These ones are in Year 11 so they will be adults soon and although there hasn’t been a cyclone on the island in their lifetime, it is valuable skills for them should we have a cyclone in the future”.
Hetland said the students learned about the appropriate Red Cross protocols should they join up with Red Cross volunteers in an emergency, as well as what supplies to use and how to assess a variety of situations in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
As part of their training, the students were split into groups and had to asses a number of mock scenarios ranging from assessing house damage to injury management.
Hetland said the overall goal of running the training session was to encourage the students to join their volunteers, as the organisation only has 23 in their database.