The Rural Fire Service is made up of over 70,000 volunteers from all walks of life - men and women from different cultural backgrounds, age groups and professions.

Becoming a volunteer firefighter is easier than most people think. The Rural Fire Service offer training ranging from bush firefighting, village firefighting and first aid to breathing apparatus operation.

We rely heavily on the support of people from all backgrounds and cultures in our community. The people that make up our Service are as different as the society that we protect.

The minimum age to join the Rural Fire Service as a volunteer is 16, if you are under the age of 16 please see the RFS Young Volunteers page.

We also offer the Community Fire unit (CFU) which is more focused on community awareness and non fire fighting roles to support the front line fire fighters.

If you are thinking of joining the NSW RFS see below:

We are always welcome to you coming to the station on one of our duty days to ask questions and find out which rolls would suit you.
Once you have made the decision to join, there are a few steps to becoming a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).

First you must fill out an application form which you can get through contacting our Brigade or the local Fire Control Centre (FCC) at Terrey Hills.

Next, the RFS must carry out a criminal history check (your privacy will be protected when dealing with this information).

An application takes 21 days to process and the RFS checks your application against its central database of brigade information. You will then receive a letter advising you whether your application has been successful or not.

If you are successful, you will be accepted as a probationary member for 6 months. You must undertake the first (basic) level of training before being able to attend fire calls. Once your training is complete and at the end of 6 months, the brigade votes on your membership.

You will receive internal notification from your brigade that you are now an ordinary member of the brigade and able to undertake duties as an active member.