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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 email@example.com or phone 1800 NSW RFS (679 737).
To check on your application to join the RFS, please contact the Membership Co-ordination Unit on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The volunteers of the RFS now also have a dedicated website, MyRFS, from which they can access their personal and brigade information.
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There are many reasons why people choose to join the NSW RFS. Some want to protect their families, their friends, their assets, their community and their way of life.
For many, it’s also about being part of a wonderful tradition and an organisation with a very proud history.
Volunteering also offers the opportunity to learn new and valuable skills that will not only assist you in your voluntary role but in day to day life and your workplace. It’s also an opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet.
Whatever the reason, joining the NSW RFS is a great way to give back to your community, learn important life skills and develop friendships that can last a lifetime.
NSW RFS brigades are made up from people from all walks of life. There are women and men from all types of cultural backgrounds, age groups and professions.
No matter what your experience there is a role for nearly everyone.
Many NSW RFS brigades offer junior or cadet membership for young people aged from 12 years, however these opportunities vary from area to area depending on a brigade’s capacity to supervise, mentor and develop junior members. This may mean some Rural Fire Brigades limit the number of young people in their brigade. Similarly, a Brigade may also raise their minimum age requirement so their programs are age appropriate.
NSW RFS volunteers are a familiar sight in local communities but there’s more to it than firefighting. The NSW RFS relies on a team of dedicated men and women behind the scenes filling important roles in areas such as:
Your commitment will vary depending on the operational requirements of the brigade you are seeking to join. Please talk to your local Rural Fire Brigade or Fire Control Centre who will be able to provide you with more information.
The type of training that you undertake will depend on the role that you wish to do.
The NSW RFS provides training and education opportunities to all members free of charge, giving you the knowledge and skills to work safely.
As a Registered Training Organisation, the NSW RFS offers nationally accredited qualifications which mean you can take those qualifications and use them in your day to day life.
The NSW RFS also has a number of flexible training options available for members, including manuals and workbooks that allow for the flexible delivery of training as well as some online options.
Once trained, your brigade will arrange the appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment required for your role.
The welfare of our members is important to us, and we have services in place that support our members and their families.
All members of the NSW RFS are protected from legal liability when fighting bush fires, or performing other authorised activities. Additionally, all members are covered for workers compensation claims for any injuries sustained while taking part in authorized brigade activities.
Becoming a volunteer with the NSW RFS is easy. To make an application, contact your local rural fire brigade. If you’re not sure where your closest brigade is located, or you would like more information contact email@example.com
Once you’ve completed an application form you will be invited to attend an interview with the brigade you are seeking to join. The interview will cover the types of things you can expect as a volunteer of the NSW RFS, what your voluntary role will involve and what the NSW RFS expects from its members. During the interview, you will need to bring along 100 points of identification.
It is important for the NSW RFS to make an assessment about each applicant’s suitability for membership because our volunteers hold a position of trust within the community. Background checks are an important step in this process, and a criminal history check will be conducted after your application form is completed and your interview has been conducted.
If you’re application for membership is successful, you will be accepted as a probationary member of the brigade for a minimum period of six months. During this time you can undertake some activities and training, and at the end of the probationary period your brigade will vote to accept you as an ordinary member.
You are able to make an application to join the NSW RFS as long as you can fulfil the requirements of a 100 point identification check. A 100 point identification check is a combination of personal documents that prove your identity. More information about the 100 point identification check is available on the membership application form. The membership application form is available from your local Rural Fire Brigade or Fire Control Centre.
Contact your local Rural Fire Brigade or Fire Control Centre. Alternatively email us at firstname.lastname@example.org