Burnham, New Zealand
|Burnham, New Zealand|
|Controlled by||New Zealand Army|
Burnham, also known as Burnham Camp, is the largest army base in New Zealand's South Island. It is located 28 kilometres south of Christchurch on the Canterbury Plains in the Selwyn District, close to the town of Dunsandel. Burnham was named after Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire.
The senior headquarters at the camp has seen many changes. Previously Headquarters 3 Task Force, 3 Task Force Region, HQ Ready Reaction Force, and 3 Land Force Group have been based here. Most recently 3 Land Force Group was disbanded in 2011, and Headquarters Deployable Joint Task Force Headquarters - Land (DJTFHQ-L) was formed.
Units at the camp
Units at Burnham:
- 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Light Infantry)
- 3 Field Troop (2 Engineer Regiment)
- 3 Emergency Response Troop (2 Engineer Regiment)
- 3 Signals Squadron Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals
- 3 Logistics Battalion (Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
- 3 Military Police Platoon (Royal New Zealand Military Police)
- Medical Treatment Centre (2HSB)
- Army Adventure Training Centre
- 3 Regional Training wing
- Health Services School (2HSB)
- Army Band
- JSHS (Joint Services Health School)
Medical training for the entire NZDF is conducted in Burnham at Joint Services Health School and all medics enlisted in the Army, Navy or Air Force are sent here for training. After their intermediate training (3 month course), medics from the Army and Air Force complete 12 weeks of civilian ambulance and hospital training before being posted to their camps or bases. Navy medics are sent to Devonport where they work in the Navy Hospital which treats both sailors and civilians.
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- McFarlane, Donald (2008). Short Back and Sides: A History of Burnham Camp 1923-73. Christchurch: Caxton Press. ISBN 9780473137618.