How do I become member of the ACTRFS?
To become a member of the ACTRFS, take these three steps to get the process going.
1. Register your interest in becoming a volunteer by filling in this form.
You will be contacted by our Membership Support Officer, who will provide more information and answer any questions you have.
2. Brigade visit and information pack
You will now have the contact information for your chosen brigade so you can get in touch and set up a time to meet with the captain and other members. This is your chance to meet other brigade members, visit the shed, see the facilities and ask questions. If you’re still keen the captain can provide you with an application pack.
3. Becoming a formal volunteer
Once your application has been approved, you will be able to participate in brigade training sessions. Here you will learn the skills required to become a competent rural firefighter, with the option of acquiring additional skills such as truck driving, chain saw operations and remote area firefighting. Your brigade Training Officer is responsible for enrolling you in the Basic Firefighter course, and providing you with the details and requirements.
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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.
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:
- Brigade Logistics Support
- Incident Management Support
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.
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.