CFS Website FAQ's

Where is My Nearest Brigade?
How Do I Join? 
What Can I Do To Help?
I Only Want To Help In An Emergency
Do I Have To Provide My Own Uniform?
How Often Will I Have To Train?
Are My Personal Expenses Covered?
How Much Time Do I Have To Commit?   

Where is My Nearest Brigade? 

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) has brigades in over 430 locations across South Australia.  To find out where your nearest brigade is, either phone 1300 364 587 or fill in the expression of interest form.

How Do I Join? 

If there is a brigade near you that is looking for new members, you can apply to join. 

Before you are able to join, you must agree to a Confidential Criminal Records Check that is conducted by the South Australian Police. 

You can get a copy of the form from your local Brigade.  All instructions and postal details are included on the form. 

Once the Confidential Criminal Records Check has been undertaken you will receive a letter from the Chief Executive Officer to tell you if you are able to apply to your local Brigade or if your application has been rejected. 

If you are able to apply, take the letter to the Brigade Captain or Brigade Administration Coordinator. 

Your application to join a Brigade is voted on by the Brigade members at a General meeting.  The Brigade may accept, reject or defer your application. 

If you are accepted, you will be on probation for six (6) months.  If you join as a firefighter, during this time you must successfully complete the Brigade Fire Fighter 1 training for new members.  Operations Support members who undertake operations support roles will be trained accordingly. 

What Can I Do To Help?  

CFS offers many opportunities to contribute according to your skills, interests and availability.  There are three (3) categories of membership that you may be able to apply for: 

CFS 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 volunteers in:

    •  Firefighting skills
    •  Using fire hydrants and hoses
    •   Using ladders
    •   Using fire extinguishers
    •   Map reading
    •   Basic first aid 
     Operational Support members provide a range of valuable operations support services such as;
    •  Radio Operations
    •  Logistics
    •  Catering
    •   Administration 

I Only Want to Help In An Emergency 

While it is commendable to assist your community in the event of an emergency, it is always safer if you are able to make a commitment to the minimum levels of training and attendance on training nights. The Volunteer Support Officer or your Brigade Captain can advise you of the minimum requirements. 

Do I Have To Provide My Own Uniform?  

No, all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Personal Protective Clothes (PPC) such as overalls, boots, gloves and helmets are provided. 

How Often Will I Have To Train? 

Training is usually held once a week for most Brigades.  Some Brigades train fortnightly or monthly, depending on local needs.  Phone 1300 364 587 or fill in and submit the expression of interest form to find out when your nearest Brigade trains. 

Are My Personal Expenses Covered?  

CFS has a commitment to its volunteers that no out of pocket expenses should be incurred as a result of undertaking a volunteer role.  The CFS provides for all the training, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Personal Protective Clothing (PPC) you need to do the job.  

How Much Time Do I Have To Commit?  

CFS recognises and values the contribution of its volunteers, including the time that is given.  Apart from meeting the minimum requirements for training and skills maintenance, how much time you can offer can be negotiated with your Brigade Captain.