Your local volunteers

Your local volunteers

The Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) is a volunteer-based organisation. We currently have around 30 Volunteer Units and 300 volunteers who perform a wide range of roles which include responding to floods, severe storms, earthquakes, road accidents and search and rescue.

We are always looking for new, enthusiastic members of the community to join our hardworking, loyal team of volunteers... so if you think YOU have what it takes to STAND OUT contact NTES on 08 8922 3630 or click HERE to fill out the contact form.

Role of a volunteer

NTES volunteers are "ordinary people doing extraordinary things".  They play a significant role in ensuring the safety of their community in times of emergency and disaster.

Volunteers undertake a variety of roles according to their abilities, training and interests.  Whether helping people and their community after a storm or natural disaster, assisting at a road crash, searching for a missing person, or responding to a range of other incidents.  NTES members undertake a variety of non-operational roles including administration, communications and assist in non-emergency activities such as public awareness displays and community events.

What is a volunteer unit?

Volunteer units are made up of those volunteers from the community who, without payment are prepared to offer their assistance to the NTES when needed. NTES volunteers also provide welfare support to Police and Fire and Rescue operations when required.

Why are volunteers needed?

The number of full-time emergency response personnel available to deal with day-to-day emergency situations is limited across all towns and communities. NTES volunteers supplement Police, Fire and other emergency response professionals by providing vital frontline capabilities and support. In some smaller population centres, NTES volunteers provide the majority of the response capability. They often have training and equipment that is not available in other organisations, and are therefore an essential part of the Territory’s emergency response capability.

What commitment is required?

Members of volunteer units must attend regular organisational training aimed at preparing them for their identified roles and operational responsibilities. All training costs are met by the Northern Territory Emergency Service.

Members will also require the support of their employers and family to enable them to be able to respond to operational call outs with a minimum of disruption and disadvantage.

How are volunteer units funded?

Funding for the operation of volunteer units is provided by the Northern Territory Government through the Northern Territory Emergency Service budget. Voluntary members are not required to carry out fund-raising, however some units do raise funds for their own associations for the purchase of specialised equipment.

What sort of tasks do volunteers performs?

NTES volunteers may become involved in preparing for and responding to many different types of disasters and emergencies including:

  • Cyclones
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Road crash rescue
  • Air search
  • Vertical rescue
  • Storm/severe weather damage

Members also assist other emergency services with the provision of:

  • Emergency lighting
  • Crime scene/forensic searches
  • Emergency communications
  • Emergency Operations Centre staffing

Who can join a volunteer unit?

There is a role for everyone in Northern Territory Emergency Service.

Why join NTES?

  • Learn new skills - the training an experience you receive will help in developing leadership, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Challenge - experience the rewarding sense of pride that comes with challenging yourself and serving your community
  • Recognition - NTES volunteers are eligible for numerous honours and awards at a local, territory and national level
  • Mates - meet new people in the community and make life-long friendships

How can I join?

You should contact the nearest Unit Officer who will advise you how to join. Click HERE for the volunteer unit location map and details, or you can contact the Northern or Southern Headquarters on the details below. You will need to complete a registration form and also supply passport photos of yourself for your identification card and undertake a criminal history and information holdings check. You will then formally be appointed by the Director NTES, and receive an Instrument of Appointment as a voluntary member of the Northern Territory Emergency Service.

What recognition do volunteers receive?

Voluntary members who serve diligently for a period of time may be eligible for:

Further information?

If you would like further information on the Northern Territory Emergency Service, please contact us at:

NTES DARWIN - Territory Headquarters

Peter McAulay Centre
PO Box 39764
Winnellie 0821
Tel: 08 8922 3630
Fax: 08 8941 2162

NTES ALICE SPRINGS - Southern Region Headquarters

PO Box 2630
Alice Springs 0871
Tel: 08 8951 9300
Fax: 08 8953 2544