All firefighters in the ACT are fully trained in all areas of firefighting, rescue and hazardous materials handling. We provide a 24/7 rapid response capability from nine strategically located Fire Stations.
ACT Fire & Rescue provides the following services to the community:
- Respond to Structure Fires
- Respond to Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Respond to Bushfires
- Respond to Chemical, Biological and Radiological Incidents
- Respond to Vehicle Fires
- Assess Fire Engineered Building Solutions
- Undertake Motor Vehicle Accident Rescue
- Ensure Fire Safety Compliance in Buildings
- Undertake Confined Space Rescue
- Conduct Fire Hazard Inspections
- Undertake Trench Rescue
- Provide Community Education
- Respond to Building Collapse
- Provide Emergency Medical Assistance
- Undertake Animal Rescue
- Coordinate Community Fire Units
- Conduct Fire Investigation
- Conduct Community Events Planning
- Provide Storm Damage Assistance
- Conduct Community Safety Planning
- Respond to Automatic Fire Alarms
- Provide Communications Support to Emergency Agencies
- Provide Assistance to Community events and organisations
Introduction to Community Fire Units
A Community Fire Unit (CFU) is a team of local residents who live close to bush land areas across the ACT. These local volunteers are trained and equipped by ACT Fire & Rescue to safeguard their homes during a bushfire until the fire services arrive.
CFU volunteers utilise basic firefighting equipment (pumps, hoses and protective clothing) to prepare the areas surrounding their properties and prevent a bushfire from spreading from adjoining bushland to their houses and backyards.
A typical CFU team consists of 8 to 30 members and has a designated area encompassing 50 to 80 homes.
The focus is on bushfire education, prevention and preparation, covering areas such as:
- Bushfire behavior
- Safe housekeeping and gardening practices
- Planning and preparation for bushfires
- Operating firefighting equipment
- Mop up operations
CFU members are a part of ACT Fire & Rescue and take direction from ACTF&R Officers but they are not firefighters.
The ACT CFU program began in late 2003. Following a successful trial of 8 units, the program has now expanded to 50 CFUs in high risk bushfire areas.
Download the CFU Information Brochure [PDF 1 MB].
The Badge of ACT Fire & Rescue
The Torch - represents the tradition of the Fire Brigade and comes from the earliest Fire Services which were established by the Insurance Companies; The Shield - represents the protection that ACT Fire & Rescue provides to the Community; The Laurel Wreath - represents the courage of the firefighters; and The Coat of Arms - represents the ACT Community.