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Recruitment Information

During the HIGH THREAT PERIOD (December to April) Western Australia can experience bushfires, tropical cyclones and flooding. Most volunteer brigades, groups and units are now preparing their teams for response rather than recruiting new volunteers and training during this time. Please be mindful of this, look out for specific recruitment messages put out by your local brigade, unit and group and consider volunteering towards the end of this period.

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.

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.

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 .

Contact Us

Volunteer Information Line (free call): 1800 628 141


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