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Volunteer Recruitment

Call to enquire about becoming an emergency services volunteer today!

Recruitment Hotline (free call): 1800 628 141

Emergency Services Volunteering

Often when a natural disaster takes place many people in the community offer to assist through their local emergency volunteer service.

While all offers of help are very welcome, before responding to an emergency all potential volunteers must first undergo an approved induction and probationary period that includes skilled training.

The Department of Emergency Services (DFES) encourages members of the public to enquire about joining their local emergency service at any time of the year by calling 1800 628 141.

Take the opportunity to join up, train and be ready to help out when your local community needs you.

Diverse Groups

Every year thousands of people consider volunteering with an emergency service. Emergency service brigades and units are unique in that they are made up of individuals, retired people, families, full time, part time and shift workers, the unemployed and many others.

Our Volunteer Services

DFES coordinates the following key volunteer services:

A Role for Everyone

New volunteers do not necessarily need prior experience in emergency services as training is provided and not all volunteers have to be physically fit.

  • Operations room
  • Radio communications
  • Front line operational roles for example firefighting, storm damage, search and rescue
  • Storeroom
  • Catering
  • Logistics
  • Management of juniors and cadets
  • Administration
  • Trainer
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Equipment maintenance

Current Vacancies

Most WA emergency service brigades, groups and units need more volunteers. To help your community in times of need call the Volunteer Recruitment Hotline on 1800 628 141 to enquire about volunteering.

Information for Employers

DFES highly values the support that employers give to their employees who volunteer with the emergency services. The support of employers is invaluable and without it some individuals would not be in a position to volunteer.

To recognise the support that employers give to the WA community, DFES has developed a quality assured accredited Volunteer Employer Recognition program. Click here for further information.


For copies of recruitment pamphlets and information on volunteer roles please click here .


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