The community relies on people, from all walks of life, to give their time to become members of the SA Country Fire Service (CFS). Men and women throughout South Australia are very welcome to join.
Joining the CFS gives you the opportunity to:
- Serve and protect your community;
- Learn new skills;
- Build confidence and develop leadership;
- Make new friends;
There are a wide range of roles that may involve:
- Fire fighting, both bush fires and structure fires;
- Responding to road crashes;
- Responding to trees down and storm damage;
- Incident management;
- Radio and communications;
- Operational support;
- Recruiting and fundraising.
Regardless of which role(s) you wish to undertake the CFS will provide full training by experienced and qualified trainers.
As a CFS volunteer you are not expected to pay for your protective clothing, uniform or equipment. Your time and dedication are all that is required.
You should join your nearest Brigade. This enables you to quickly respond to local incidents in a timely manner. If you are outside our area see the main CFS website for details as to finding your nearest Brigade.
A discussion with the relevant Brigade Captain is the best way to understand the process of becoming a member, your initial training requirements and your ongoing commitment.
In short the process will follow these steps for active firefighters. The process will differ for Operations Support and Cadets.
- Joining starts with a National Police Check and this form can be obtained from your local Brigade Captain;
- The result of the police check will be returned to you. You can then take this to the Brigade Captain or Administration Officer so it can be sighted before filling out the membership paperwork;
- The acceptance of your membership is voted on by the Brigade. The Brigade may accept, reject or defer your application.
- You are then on probation for 6 months during which time you can attend Brigade training and before the end of your probation you must complete a basic fire fighting course (BF1). This course is a full weekend;
- Once the BF1 is completed you will be issued with a pager and you are able to respond to Brigade incidents;
- From here training both at a Brigade level and through more formal CFS courses is an ongoing commitment.
If you are interested in joining send us an email through our contact page.
There is no obligation attached to having a talk about what is involved.
If you leave a message or send an email we will get back to you as soon as we can, but remember we are all volunteers with busy lives.