1. Home
  2. Volunteering
Contact Print this page Reduce font size Increase font size    


The Rural Fire Service is made up of volunteers from all walks of life - men and women from different cultural backgrounds, age groups and professions.

Rural fire brigades are a reflection of every local community.

Becoming a volunteer firefighter is easier than most people think. Brigades offer training ranging from bush firefighting, village firefighting and first aid to breathing apparatus operation.

We don’t just offer firefighting roles, we have a multitude of areas that require volunteers. Communications, catering, logistics, planning and aviation support are critical – there is a job for nearly everyone in the RFS.

We rely heavily on the support of people from all backgrounds and cultures in our community. The people that make up our Service are as different as the society that we protect.

The minimum age to join the Rural Fire Service as a volunteer is 16, if you are under the age of 16 please see our Young Volunteers page.

If you are thinking of joining the NSW RFS see our Membership Application Process and Enquiries page.

For more general information about joining the RFS and/or our cadet programs please contact our Volunteer Relations Unit on volunteer@rfs.nsw.gov.au.

You can also contact Volunteer Relations if you wish to obtain information or seek guidance and direction on matters pertaining to Volunteer management.

We can help with the following:

  • Equity and Diversity
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • Employer Relations
  • Research
  • School Cadet Program

Volunteer Relations offers an avenue for those who wish to make recommendations relating to the ongoing improvement of the Service, and volunteer management. You can contact Volunteer Relations via email at volunteer@rfs.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800 NSW RFS (679 737).

To check on your application to join the RFS, please contact the Membership Co-ordination Unit on mcu@rfs.nsw.gov.au.

The volunteers of the RFS now also have a dedicated website, MyRFS, from which they can access their personal and brigade information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the question below to see the answer:

Why become a volunteer?

Who can become a volunteer?

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

What role can I play?

How often do I have to attend?

What type of training is required?

What can I expect from the NSW RFS?

Am I protected?

How do I join?

What’s the process?

Can I join if I am not an Australian Citizen?

More information
Contact your local Rural Fire Brigade or Fire Control Centre. Alternatively email us at volunteer@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Contact Print this page Reduce font size Increase font size