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Volunteering in the RFS



The Rural Fire Service (RFS) needs all types of people, with a wide range of skills, to keep brigades running and communities safe.  The RFS is spread across 93% of Queensland and has approximately 1500 rural fire brigades, made up of approximately 36,000 volunteers.

The purpose of rural fire brigades is to operate in areas not covered by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services urban (town) service.

You Can!...learn news skills

Being part of the RFS offers fantastic opportunities for self development.  Members of rural brigades receive training and skills that assist in all areas of life.  Brigade members learn:
  • Teamwork
  • Incident management
  • Leadership skills
  • Fire behaviour
  • Communication and more.
​As a volunteer you can choose to undertake the training specific to your role, or you can continue to develop additional skills through the training offered by Rural Fire Service Queensland.  To find our more about the training offered through the RFS click here​.

You Can! great people and make new friends

As members of the brigade you train and work together to protect your family, friends and homes.  Through this many friendships are formed.  Members of rural brigades come from all walks of life so being a volunteer is a great way to get to know people and build networks within your community.

You can! protect your community

Members of the RFS and your local rural fire brigade provide a range of services to help keep Queensland communities safe.

Fighting Fires

Rural fire brigades respond to the outbreak of fires within their local area and in surrounding areas in support of other rural fire brigades and emergency service workers.

Fire Prevention

Rural fire brigades, in conjunction with RFS staff, undertake a range of planning and preparation activities throughout the year to ensure communities are well prepared for the fire season.

One of these activities is hazard reduction burns.  Hazard reduction burns use fire to reduce excess vegetation and minimise the potential for bushfires to get out of control.

Community Education

There is an increasing awareness that timely and effective fire prevention and education saves lives and property.  Rural fire brigade members deliver a range of community education programs within their communities.  The local knowledge held by members of the brigades, along with their knowledge of fire behaviour and prevention, ensure the community gets information and education specific to their circumstances.

Permits to Light Fire

The RFS controls the use of fire by not allowing fires to be lit without a specific permit. Fire Wardens and authorised fire officers manage the permit to light fire system.

A permit to light fire is required for any fire that exceeds two metres in any direction and can be acquired free of charge from a fire warden.

Deployments and assistance during disasters

RFS volunteers are often sent on deployment to assist other states during fire disasters.  Members are also called upon to assist other emergency service agencies during disasters such as floods and storms.

You can! roles other than firefighting

One of the major misconceptions about joining the Service is that you have to fight fires however there are many other roles you can do.  These include:
  • Community Education
  • Administration
  • Incident Management
  • Communication
  • Catering and more.
​As a brigade member you help your community, whether you are an active firefighter or unde​rtaking another role, your contribution makes a difference.  To find our more about the roles available in the RFS click here​.

The RFS has a strong tradition of supporting and protecting communities while at the same time offering a range of opportunities to its members.