Volunteering information :: CFS

Volunteering information

We're the people you sometimes see on television, fighting bushfires and helping our community in times of emergency. 

At the SA Country Fire Service (CFS), it's a real team effort and we need lots of team players with different skills.  You don't have to be out there holding the hose fighting fires - we also need people to do things like operating the radio, logistics, administration and catering.

You never know what challenges you'll be facing next week, but one thing's for sure - it will never be boring.

Many current volunteers say they joined the CFS to protect and help their local communities.  And the pay?  Well, there isn't any.  But the rewards are many - learning new skills, keeping fit, gaining valuable qualifications, earning respect within the community, having fun, being active as part of a team.  We really do make a difference.

At the CFS we have more than 420 brigades across the State.  We have many committed volunteers and always welcome more.

So, if you want to be part of a team that really makes a difference, give us a call on 1300 364 587, or find your local brigade here.

What do CFS volunteers do?

Regardless of which role(s) you wish to undertake the CFS will provide full training by experienced and qualified trainers.

The CFS offers a range of roles including:

  • Firefighter
  • Radio operations
  • Catering
  • Administration support
  • Operational support
  • Community education
  • Fundraising.

You will work side by side with other volunteers in times of emergency and learn new and valuable skills that will assist you in day-to-day life and in your workplace. 

Most of all you get to help make your community a safer place to live in and enjoy the support from your community for your efforts. 

What will it cost me?

Basically your time and dedication.

Volunteers are expected to attend training sessions that usually occur on a weekly basis. You will be told how much time you are expected to commit when you speak with your local brigade.

As a CFS volunteer you are not expected to pay for your uniform. You will be provided with all the training and equipment necessary to undertake your role.

How do I become a volunteer?

If you would like to join the CFS you can call the Volunteer Recruitment Hotline on 1300 364 587 or find your local brigade here.

What will happen next?

Before you are able to join, you must agree to a Confidential National Police Records Check that is conducted by the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM).

You can obtain a copy of the form from your local brigade.

Once the Confidential National Police Records Check has been completed you will receive a letter from the Chief Officer to inform you if you are able to apply to your local brigade or if your application has been rejected.

If you are able to apply you will then need to take your letter to the Brigade Captain or Administrative Officer.

Your application to join will be voted on by brigade members. The brigade may accept, reject or defer your application.

If you are accepted you will be placed on probation for six (6) months. During this time you must successfully complete Basic Fire-fighter 1 training. Your Brigade Captain will provide you with further information on registering for training once your application has been accepted.

What roles can I undertake?

Opportunities exist within your local brigade for positions as:

Firefighters

Volunteer Firefighters are trained to deal with all kinds of emergencies including:

  • Bush and grass fires
  • Structural fires
  • Storm damage and floods
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Hazardous chemical spills
  • Industrial accidents

Operational support

Operational support members provide a range of services such as:

  • Radio operations
  • Logistics
  • Catering
  • Administration

Cadets

If you are between 11 and 18 years old you can join the CFS as a cadet. As a cadet you will be trained by qualified and experienced volunteer firefighters in a wide variety of skills which may include: 

  • Firefighting skills 
  • Using fire hydrants and hoses 
  • Using ladders and fire extinguishers 
  • Using radios 
  • Map reading 
  • Basic first aid