Issue 7
Monday, 07 September 2020
Charles Darwin University
Workshop leaders and rangers at the emergency leadership workshop
Workshop leaders and rangers at the emergency leadership workshop

Rangers take emergency leadership training

Charles Darwin University’s Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, and the Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management team hosted 25 remote community rangers at a leadership skill-building workshop in Noonamah recently.

Workshop facilitator Dr Kamaljit Sangha said the workshop was in response to an urgent need to build skills and capabilities among people from remote communities across Northern Australia where emergency services resources were limited.

“Indigenous communities across the north experience a wide range of natural hazards including cyclones, floods, and wildfires,” Dr Sangha said.

“People have expressed willingness to engage in the emergency management sector and that the knowledge from workshops such as this one will help equip them to volunteer in their communities and to explore new economic opportunities.

“We designed a program that focused on building Indigenous skills in leadership and which enabled people to contribute towards managing emergency situations in their communities,” Dr Sangha said.

The training included three accredited units of competency in leadership scenario planning and interaction with key emergency management organisations.

Dr Sangha said the program had been designed in consultation with Indigenous leaders and included “two-way learning”, combining Indigenous knowledges and Western methodologies.

“There was a mix of activities and discussions throughout the four-day program, delivered very much from an Indigenous perspective.”