Once you have made the decision to join, there are several steps to becoming a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). If you think you are the kind of person that can volunteer their time to help and rescue others during some of the harshest of conditions, then this is for you. Feel free to contact us, or read more below.
First you must fill out an application form which you can obtained through us directly or Fire Control Centre (FCC). You can also fill out a Membership Enquiry Form found via the RFS link above, which will go to your nearest FCC, who will then contact you.
Next, the RFS must carry out a criminal history check (your privacy will be protected when dealing with this information) and you are invited in for an interview as soon as is practical.
After the interview, 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.
The membership process is outlined at WWW.RFS.NSW.GOV.AU