About Us​

Disaster Readiness Consultants (DRC) are a small team of Wellington based emergency management specialists who have over 25 years experience in the sector.

We are passionate and knowledgeable professionals that bring a broad range of skills, qualifications and experiences to the industry and have responded to some of our countries most significant recent natural disasters and emergencies. 

Our Qualifications include:

  • Post-grad Diploma in Emergency Management

  • Bachelor of Engineering

  • Membership in Institution of Fire Engineers 

  • Station Officers Programme Fire and Emergency New Zealand

  • University of Otago School of Business

        – ​Leadership and Management Course  

  • National Certificate in Fire Rescue Services New Zealand

  • National Certificate in Airport Rescue

  • New Zealand Fire Service Fire Investigation 1 Course

  • National Certificate in Adult Education

  • Use standards to assess candidate performance (Unit Standard NZ 4098)

  • Certificate in Pre-Hospital Emergency care

  • Certificate in Professional Practice in Consulting

Tom from DRC gathering information on a recent visit to Blundell and Mark Reality Upper Hutt.

Sam Coleman

Sam has been heavily involved in the Emergency Response sector since 1996. 

Starting as a qualified Swift Water Rescue technician while training as a White Water Rafting guide on the West Coast of the South Island. This training confirmed his passion for the outdoors and he became an Outdoor Adventure Instructor in 1998 and worked in the Rafting and Sea Kayaking industry for several years.

Following a period of water kayaking in America and skiing in Europe, Sam returned to New Zealand and completed a trade qualification, became a First Aid instructor and joined Wellington International Airport as a Firefighter / First Responder in 2007.

Whilst continuing to grow his career in emergency response, Sam also joined the Life Flight Wellington team as a casual crewman on their Fixed wing Air Ambulance responding to urgent transfers of medical patients around New Zealand and the Chatham Islands which he did for 5 years. During this period, Sam also found time to continue his interest in instructing and was employed on a part time basis with Private Training Establishment (PTE) where he worked as a First Aid, Fire Fighting and Sea Survival instructor and took on a Subject Matter Expert (SME) role in Sea Survival training.

In 2010 Sam joined the New Zealand Fire Service as a professional Firefighter, and still today, continues to be involved within the Maritime Industry.

In 2013, Sam achieved a personal goal by successfully completing an unsupported crossing of the Cook Straight in a kayak, from Macra Beach in Wellington to Picton. He can be found sailing yachts across the Cook Straight and in and around the Marlborough Sounds, which he continues to frequent whenever he can.

Thomas Kiel

Tom brings attention to detail and thorough systematic processes, from a background in Aerospace Engineering, working in the Aviation Defence Contractor sector in Australia. He completed a Diploma of Military Leadership at the Royal Military College Duntroon, whilst training to be Officer in the Australian Army.

Tom joined the New Zealand Fire Service in 2011, during which time has been actively involved in New Zealand’s Urban Search and Rescue task force, specializing in heavy rescue.

Tom has experience in operating drones in the disaster management sector and more recently has been involved in the response to White Island Eruption, Kaikoura Earthquake, SkyCIty Convention Centre Fire and Pidgeon Valley (Tasman) Fires.

He has completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Emergency Management through Massey, which drives his passion to continue contributing to the Emergency Management Sector in New Zealand.

In his spare time Tom likes to fulfil his passion for bushcraft and long duration expeditions and he is busy trying to tick off all of the Great Walks in New Zealand.