FAQ

How can I apply to become a volunteer?

The ACT Rural Fire Service accepts expressions of interest throughout the year from prospective members wishing to join the Service.  A competitive and rigorous recruitment process applies and not all applicants are successful.  Please note there are limited Brigade openings each year and not all Brigades require new members at this time.  For further information about joining our Service please contact the Membership Support Officer on 6207 9991 or by email RFS@act.gov.au.

How much time do I need to commit to being a volunteer?

The amount of time varies, members are expected to attend regular Brigade Training nights to build and maintain their skills. These are typically held once a fortnight on either a Wednesday or Thursday night from approximately 7:30pm – 9:00pm. The more time members commit to the Service the more they will get from volunteering, though specifics vary for each brigade.

What does being a volunteer involve?

Volunteering with ACT Rural Fire Service is an opportunity to serve the community. You will become part of a disciplined and professional team, developing skills that can be used across all aspects of life. Being part of our volunteer workforce provides plenty of variety, and the type of role you end up with will determine the time and commitments involved.

Operational roles include:

  • Firefighting member of a tanker crew, with the opportunity to be deployed interstate or overseas
  • Aviation Support, which work on airbases to support air operations
  • Remote Area Firefighting, which involves going into remote areas to fight fire without water

Non-operational roles include:

  • Administration
  • Brigade Logistics Support
  • Incident Management Support
Which Brigade should I apply to join?

When selecting which Brigade you would like to apply to join, please consider how long it would take you to travel to the Brigade Shed if required to respond to an emergency fire call or to attend regular training sessions.  Brigades generally recruit Members who live or work in an area within reasonable proximity to the Brigade Shed.

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How old do I need to be to join the ACT Rural Fire Service?

All Brigades accept Membership applications from people who are over the age of 18 however, some Brigades may consider accepting applications from young people who are over 16 years of age.  Please note a Parent or Guardian consent must be obtained and the application co-signed for anyone from 16-18 years of age who wishes to join the Service.