Volunteering with Our Brigade

Join the team of everyday volunteers that defend our people, homes, and livelihoods.

Our committed volunteers are ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round, attending bush and grass fires to house and structure fires and assisting at road accidents and other events like floods, storms, and searches.

We offer a variety of fulfilling roles ranging from admin to welfare support, and catering to communications. No experience is necessary and training is provided for each role that can lead to nationally-recognised qualifications.

All members of the NSW RFS are protected from legal liability when fighting bush fires or performing other authorised activities. Any injuries sustained while taking part in authorised brigade activities will be covered under Workers Compensation.

Want to know more?

Download our information pack and learn more about volunteering and the application process for joining the NSW RFS.

10 Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

Make a decision to join the NSW Rural Fire Service! This document explains the 10 steps towards becoming a member, including the application process and interview.

There are some things you’ll need to consider to make sure the RFS is right for you.

  • If you apply to join the NSW RFS now, you will not be fighting fires this current season.
  • Joining the NSW RFS is a commitment that will require time for training, particularly in the beginning. You cannot volunteer for a few weeks, it requires a longer-term commitment.
  • All our members must undergo training which will take place over a period of weeks and months.
  • To be a volunteer you must live or work close enough to the brigade in order to respond to incidents in a timely manner and participate in brigade activities.