FAQ

Thank you for your interest in joining the ACT Rural Fire Service. 

Our recruitment processes and the associated documentation available via this website are currently under review and not available 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 join?

People interested in joining the ACT Rural Fire Service should consider joining a brigade which is close to their home or work. Refer to questions above. This will make it easier for you to attend Brigade activities.

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

All ACTRFS Brigades accept members from 18 years of age. However, some Brigades may accept members from 16 Years of age. Parent or Guardian consent must be obtained for anyone 16 -18 years old wishing to join the Service.