Volunteer firefighters FAQs

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service currently have approximately 280 volunteers within nine Volunteer Fire Brigades and seven Fire and Emergency Response Groups (combined NT Fire & Rescue and NT Emergency Service).

Click HERE to find your nearest volunteer brigade.

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 contact NTFRS on 08 8988 0247 or click HERE to email us.

What do Fire and Rescue volunteer get for giving their time?

  • Create a feeling of safety to people living within and visiting the community.
  • Have a great sense of self esteem and pride in their community
  • Have an active social life and make good friends within the brigade and community
  • Learn new skills that can enhance your employment prospects

Who can join?

Any person who is 16 years of age and over and is reasonably fit and healthy is eligible to join a Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Brigade or Fire and Emergency Response Group.

What do I need to join?

Contact your local Volunteer Fire Brigade or Fire and Emergency Response Group Captain or you can contact the Fire and Rescue Service Operations Northern Command Volunteers on (08) 8988 0247. You will need to complete a registration form as well as undertake a criminal history and information holdings check.

You will then formally be appointed by the Director NTFRS, and then gazetted as a voluntary member of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service.

Why am I needed?

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service and the community hold volunteer firefighters in high esteem and appreciate their dedicated efforts.

With limitations on the number of full-time and part time Fire and Rescue personnel available to deal with emergency incidents our volunteers become an invaluable part of our organisation.  In some smaller population centres, NTFRS volunteers provide the only response capability.

I’ve never done anything like this before – how will I know what to do?

Our volunteers are ordinary people just like you – they’re fathers, mothers, wives, nephews – single or married. Volunteering with us can be a family affair or an individual lifestyle change.

Full training and protective clothing is provided to all volunteers. You will never be sent out to conduct a role without extensive FREE training. Many of these skills are nationally accredited and can be utilised in the normal workplace enhancing your career opportunities.

What commitment is required?

Fire and Rescue volunteers must attend regular training to ensure they maintain their skill levels and are able to undertake their roles safely. Training provided to volunteers is based on nationally recognised competencies. Volunteers who attend courses undergo theory and workplace based assessments to gain statements of attainment which may be transferred between organisations, States or Territories.

Training is skills-based, so qualifications may be gained on the job. All training costs are met by the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service.

Members should also have the support of their employers and family to enable them to be able to respond to emergencies with a minimum of disruption and disadvantage.

What recognition do volunteers receive?

As well as training qualifications, Fire and Rescue Volunteers who serve diligently for a period of time can be eligible for:

  • 5 Year Certificate
  • 10 Year Fire and Rescue Service Medal with subsequent clasps 20, 30, 40 years
  • National Medal

Further information

If you would like further information on the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service, please contact the following:

Volunteer Manager
NT Fire and Rescue Service
PO Box 39764
Winnellie NT 0821
Tel:  08 8988 0247 
Email: firevolunteercoordination@nt.gov.au