Joining a rural fire brigade
To become a member of a rural fire brigade you need to be at least 16 years of age. Members aged between 16 and 18 years of age are considered Registered Juniors and require their parents’ permission to join.
Contacting the brigade
Criminal History Checks
- All potential recruits over the age of 18 must undertake a Criminal History Check prior to being accepted as a volunteer (excluding those joining a Primary Producer Brigade). Registered Juniors must complete a Criminal History Check upon turning 18 years old.
- When you approach the brigade to discuss joining, they will provide you with the Volunteer Application Form, which includes a Criminal History Check component. You will need to complete this form and return them in the reply paid envelope provided.
- The Criminal History Check is completed by Queensland Police and if cleared, you will receive a letter advising you of this outcome. Once you have received this letter you can provide a copy to the brigade to proceed with your application.
Having a criminal history does not automatically exclude you from joining a brigade. Consideration will be given to the offence and the circumstances surrounding it prior to a final decision being made.
- The Brigade will vote on your application at the time of initial interest.
Volunteering Expression of Interest Form
Volunteering Application Form
New Zealand Police Criminal History Check Form