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A call for volunteers to be part of an Outram emergency response team received great support at a meeting on Tuesday last week.
The incident management team would help deal with large-scale fires, floods, earthquakes and other potential disasters in the area.
Clutha-Taieri area response manager Senior Sergeant Al Dickie said 35 people attended and he was "very pleased'' with the turnout.
"It went very well,'' Snr Sgt Dickie said.
"There was a lot of good direction around the room.
"They're all very positive. It was a great meeting.''
The incident management team would deal with situations such as the floods in June last year without having to rely on police and emergency services in the event the area was cut off.
"We'll just identify suitable people for positions ... and upskill them.
"There's quite a few people to choose from there.''
People would be chosen to best fit positions in co-ordination, logistics, planning and operations, he said.
He hoped to have the team up and running in the next three to four months, Snr Sgt Dickie said.
Anyone interested in being a part of the team can attend area meetings in the Downes Room at the Mosgiel Library on the first Tuesday of every month at 5pm.