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COVID-19 Update - The NSW RFS is limiting training activities to essential only, balancing the need to maintain operations while limiting the potential spread of COVID-19. Where training is considered essential, restrictions on group sizes or social distancing apply. Please be aware that these necessary restrictions may impact timeframes for the on boarding of new members.

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Ready to make a difference as a NSW RFS volunteer?

There are many reasons to join the NSW RFS. You may want to protect your families, your friends, your home and assets, your community, and your way of life.

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 even your workplace. It is also an opportunity to meet people you wouldn't normally meet.

For many of our members, it's also about being part of a wonderful tradition and an organisation with a very proud history.

When you join the NSW Rural Fire Service, you’re joining the world’s largest volunteer fire service – a team of more than 70,000 hardworking, professional and dedicated volunteers in communities right across New South Wales.

Before applying, consider the kind of volunteer work you would like to do, and the time you can spare. It’s also a good idea to discuss your intention to volunteer with your family, friends or employer – their support can be crucial.

You must reside in NSW (Australia) and must live in reasonable proximity to a brigade in order to respond in a timely manner.

The first step is to determine whether volunteering with the NSW RFS is right for you. We encourage you to attend open days, information sessions and events at your local brigade where volunteers can help you decide.

Download this helpful guide and learn more about volunteering and the application process for becoming a volunteer

Steps to becoming a volunteer

Becoming a NSW RFS member takes time and dedication, timeframes are dependant on the role you wish to apply for and can become extended during bushfire season when crews personnel are focused on attending fires. It can take months of training before volunteers are qualified to enter the fireground.


Determine if this is right for you


Find a nearby NSW RFS brigade


Wait for an invitation to a recruitment information session or contact from a brigade


Complete the Volunteer Membership Application Form including the criminal record check


Attend an interview at your local brigade and bring along the completed Volunteer Membership Application form and identity documents.


Membership is endorsed by the District Manager


Join your brigade and commence training

The next step is to find a nearby brigade. Brigades are not always recruiting new volunteers. Your application may not be accepted.


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