Volunteer Unit Profiles

Your local volunteers

NTES is a volunteer-based organisation and currently has approximately 300 volunteers within 21 volunteer units and 10 Emergency Response Groups (ERG) across the Territory.

We are always looking for new, enthusiastic members of the community to join our hardworking, loyal team of volunteers.

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Volunteer units

Volunteer units are made up volunteers from the community who, without payment are prepared to offer their assistance to the NTES when needed and can also provide welfare support to Police and Fire and Rescue operations when required.

Volunteers play a significant role in ensuring the safety of their community in times of emergency and disaster. Volunteers undertake a variety of roles according to their abilities, training and interests.  Whether helping people and their community after a storm or natural disaster, assisting at a road crash, searching for a missing person, or responding to a range of other incidents - while undertaking a variety of non-operational roles including administration, communications and assist in non-emergency activities such as public awareness displays and community events.

Regional/Remote Volunteer Units
Alice SpringsHermannsburg (Ntaria)NhulunbuyWatarrka
Cox PeninsulaKatherineNumbulwarYuendumu
Daly River (Nauiyu)KintorePalmerston 
DarwinLajamanuPirlangimpi 
GaliwinkuLake EvellaTennant Creek 
Harts RangeManingridaWadeye

 

There are a number of locations in the Northern Territory that have organised NTES volunteers but no formalised training and known as ERGs. ERGs are located at Ali Curung, Avon Downs, Imanpa, Kulgera, and Papunya.

Alice Springs

The Alice Springs Volunteer Unit (ASVU) is responsible for the Alice Springs district, and currently, the unit has over 30 dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills operating in the NTES Southern Region. The district covers an area of approximately 31,320 square kilometres and includes Alice Springs, the Territories second largest city, and the communities of Amoongana, Iwupataka and Santa Teresa. The area of responsibility also includes 14 pastoral properties.

The general topography of the district consists of mountain ranges running east-west, with rugged gorges and ravines. The northern part of the district consists of relatively flat grasslands broken by patches of low scrub and mulga, and in the southern area, the country is gently undulating with lightly vegetated sandhills.

Cox Peninsula

The Cox Peninsula Volunteer Unit (CPVU) is responsible for an area which includes the peninsula area of Mandorah, the Community of Belyuen and westwards to Dundee Beach.

The general topography of the district consists of black soil plains and sparsely wooded areas. Considerable clearance for horticulture has been attempted.

The CPVU falls under the control of the NTES Northern Region.

The unit carries out the full range of normal Emergency Service tasks. Also, it holds equipment for response to harbour rescues, road crash rescue and medical incidents as there is currently no ambulance at Cox Peninsula.

Daly River

The Daly River Volunteer Unit (DRVU) is responsible for the Daly River Police District. The district covers an area which includes the Naiyu Nambiyu Community and three pastoral stations at Tipperary, Elizabeth Downs and Litchfield.

The general topography of the district consists of saline coastal flats, mangrove and black soil plains interspersed with densely wooded areas and hilly outcrop areas in the Wingate Mountains areas.

The DRVU falls under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently, the unit has around six dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills.

The unit carries out the full range of normal Emergency Service tasks. Also, it holds equipment for response to road accident rescue and flood incidents.

Darwin

The Darwin Volunteer Unit (DVU) is responsible for Darwin and rural area, along with Palmerston Volunteer Unit (PVU).

The topography of the region includes the cities of Darwin and Palmerston, the rural area including Humpty Doo, Howard Springs, Noonamah and Berry Springs. The area also includes Darwin Harbour. Although the DVU is often deployed throughout this area, it mainly concentrates on the Darwin city area and the regular, with the PVU primarily operating in Palmerston and the rural area.

The DVU is under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently, the unit has approximately 50 dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills. The unit carries out the full range of normal Emergency Service tasks and rescue, marine, communications, welfare, administration, and training sections.

Galiwinku

The Galiwinku Volunteer Unit is responsible for the entire Elcho Island, located approximately 520km east of Darwin. The total area covered by the Unit is 528 square kilometers with a population in peak times exceeding 1,400 persons.

Duties carried out by the Unit members are as follows:

  • Land search and rescue
  • Storm damage and chainsaw operations
  • Marine search and rescue
  • Road crash rescue
  • Wildfire control and containment
  • Urban search and rescue 

Harts Range

The Harts Range Volunteer Unit is located approximately 220 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs along Plenty Highway. 
Registered volunteers respond to operations involving Road Crash Rescues, Land Searches and other functions in support of the NT Police.

Hermannsburg (Ntaria)

The Hermannsburg Volunteer Unit (HVU) operates in the Ntaria Police District, which is located 140 kilometres to the west of Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive.

There are currently around 11 registered members who under the direction of the Unit Officer and the Local Controller, Officer in Charge of Ntaria Police Station.  Members respond to operations involving Road Accident Rescues, Land Searches and other functions as required.

The unit is supported by the local Community and other outlying communities.

Katherine

Katherine is located on the Stuart Highway approximately 300 kilometres south of Darwin.

The Katherine Volunteer Unit (KVU) is responsible for the Katherine district, which covers an area of about 22,500 square kilometres. This area of responsibility includes Katherine township, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Tindal RAAF Base and five pastoral properties.

The general topography of the district ranges from river flats to the rugged terrain of the Arnhem Land escarpment, the highest point which is 450 metres above sea level. Limestone outcrops predominate throughout the northern part of the district

The KVU falls under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently, the unit has approximately 20 dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills.  Members carry out the full range of regular Emergency Service tasks.  Also, the unit has two flood boats, a rescue trailer.

Kintore

The Kintore NTES Volunteer Unit is responsible for an area of approximately 56,000 square kilometres within the Haasts Bluff Aboriginal Land Trust including the Kintore and Kiwirrkurra communities.

The topography of the region includes a relatively flat sandy country covered by sparse low scrub and is broken by the Ehrenberg, Gardner, Bonython and Kintore Ranges which rise in places to approximately 1,510 metres.

Duties carried out by the Unit members are as follows:

  • Land search and rescue
  • Road crash rescue
  • Wildfire control and containment

Lajamanu

Lajamanu is located at the south-east corner of Hooker Creek Reserve, some 900 kilometers south of Darwin.

The Lajamanu Volunteer Unit (LVU) is responsible for the Lajamanu Police District. The District covers an area of 34,000 square kilometers.

The general topography of the district consists of varying areas of saltbush, desert flats and scrubby woodland areas. The area varies from sea level to 520m in the Ware Mountain Range and includes part of the Tanami Desert.

The LVU falls under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently the unit has around 11 dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills.

The unit carries out the full range of normal Emergency Service tasks and holds equipment for response to Road Crash Rescue incidents.

Lake Evella

Lake Evella is an Aboriginal community in north-eastern Arnhem Land and is on the shore of Lake Evella about 500 kilometres east of Darwin and 120 kilometres west of Nhulunbuy. It is one of the Northern Territory's easternmost settlements.

The Lake Evella Volunteer Units (LEVU) is under the control of the NTES Northern Region.

The unit carries out a full range of emergency service tasks and has a strong road crash rescue element.  The unit headquarters is attached to the Police Station located on Gapuwiyak Road.

Training is held every second Tuesday evening with occasional formal courses being run on a weekend and some courses being run in conjunction with other regional volunteer units.

Maningrida

Maningrida is located on the coast approximately 400 kilometres east of Darwin.

The Maningrida Volunteer Unit (MVU) is responsible for the Maningrida district, which includes the significant communities of Milingimbi and Ramingining. The area of responsibility covers approximately 21,500 square kilometres.

The general topography of the district ranges from sea level to the northern edge of the Arnhem Land escarpment.

The MVU is under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently, the unit has over 20 dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills.

The unit carries out the full range of regular Emergency Service tasks. Also, it provides the local fire response personnel and has a fire truck and fire trailer for grass fires.

The unit refers to itself locally as the MERG (Maningrida Emergency Response Group).

Nhulunbuy

The Nhulunbuy district is located on the northeast coast of the Northern Territory.

The Nhulunbuy Volunteer Unit (NVU)is responsible for the Nhulunbuy district, which includes the Gove Peninsula and part of Arnhem Land and covers an area of approximately 80,000 square kilometres. The region also consists of the bauxite mine of Rio Tinto Alcan at the township of Nhulunbuy and the significant communities at Yirrkala, Galinwinku and Gapuwiyak. The area of responsibility also includes many islands to the north of Nhulunbuy, including the Wessel Islands.

The general topography of the district consists of relatively flat plains with hilly coastal outcrops which rise to a height of 345 metres and form the Parsons, Mitchell and Bath Ranges, which in turn lead into the Arnhem Land Escarpment.

The NVU falls under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently, the unit has approximately 11 dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills.

The unit carries out the full range of regular Emergency Service tasks. 

The unit headquarters is located in Dartnell Close, off Arnhem Road, behind Gove Motors, Nhulunbuy.

Numbulwar

Numbulwar is located on the coast approximately 570 kilometres southeast of Darwin.

Palmerston

The Palmerston Volunteer Unit (PVU) is responsible for Darwin and rural area, along with Darwin. This responsibility is shared with the Darwin Volunteer Unit.

The topography of the region includes the cities of Darwin and Palmerston, the rural area including Humpty Doo, Howard Springs, Noonamah and Berry Springs. Although the PVU is often deployed throughout this area, it mainly concentrates on the areas south of Berrimah, with the Darwin Volunteer Unit primarily operating in the Darwin city area.

The PVU is under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently, the unit has over 20 dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills. 

The unit carries out the full range of regular Emergency Service. Also, the unit has two flood boats and various emergency response trailers.

Pirlangimpi

The Pirlangimpi District covers approximately 12,500 square kilometres and is located around 120km north of Darwin. The Pirlangimpi Unit is responsible for areas including Pirlangimpi (Garden Point), Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Pickertaramoor (Tiwi College), Paru and Yapilika (Maxwell Creek).

The Pirlangimpi Unit is responsible for:

  • Road crash rescue
  • Cyclone response
  • Wild fire control and containment

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek is located in the heart of the Northern Territory on the Stuart Highway the main road link to the north and south, with the Barkly Highway located 25 kilometres north, linking Tennant Creek with eastern Australia.

The Tennant Creek Volunteer Unit (TCVU)is responsible for the Tennant Creek district. The district covers an area of 56,000 square kilometres and includes the mining township of Warrego and 11 cattle stations.

The general topography of the district consists of relatively flat plains with some hilly outcrops in the immediate area surrounding Tennant Creek.

The TCVU is under the control of the NTES Southern Region. Currently, the unit has over ten dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills.  Three of these members have received National Medals for their outstanding dedication and commitment to NTES.

The unit carries out the full range of regular Emergency Service tasks.

Wadeye (Port Keats)

Wadeye is located 250 kilometres south-south-west of Darwin.

The Wadeye Volunteer Unit (WVU) is responsible for the Wadeye Police District. The District covers an area of 13,650 square kilometres. This includes the Wadeye and Peppimenarti communities and four outstations.

The general topography of the district consists mainly of coastal flood plains rising inland to the Sugarloaf Range and Wingale Mountains. Vegetation varies from mangrove to scrub and lightly timbered areas of woodland.

The WVU falls under the control of the NTES Northern Region. Currently, the Unit has dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills.

The unit carries out the full range of regular Emergency Service tasks.

Watarrka

The Watarrka Volunteer Unit operates in the Watarrka District which is located to the south-west of Alice Springs and includes the Watarrka National Park and the Kings Canyon Resort. The area is bounded by the Mereenie Loop, Luritja and the Ernest Giles roads.

There are over ten registered members of the unit who are under the direction of the Emergency Response Officer, located at the Watarrka Emergency Response Unit, Luritja Road. 

The unit carries out a wide range of duties including Road Crash Rescue, Land Search and many other functions in support of the Northern Territory Police. 

The unit is supported by the stakeholders of the district including, Kings Creek Station, Kings Canyon Resort and the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Yuendumu

The Yuendumu Volunteer Unit (YVU)is is located to the northwest of Alice Springs and forms part of Counter Disaster Region 2.

The topography of the region consists of the relatively flat sandy country of the Tanami Desert.

The YVU is under the control of the NTES Southern Region. Currently, the unit has over ten dedicated members trained in a variety of emergency skills. 

The Unit is capable of responding to:

  • Land search and rescue
  • Road crash rescue
  • Wild fire control and containment