Joining a Brigade

What's involved, and how do I join?

What is involved?

Rural fire brigades across Queensland protect and represent the communities that they are drawn from. This allows for each brigade to reflect the differing community needs.

Many brigades not only fight wildfire, but also attend house fires, flood preparation and cleanup, support in cyclone preparation and cleanup and help the community through hazard reduction burning and delivering the Prepare, Act, Survive message.

Brigades work closely with other agencies such as Council, SES, Main Roads, Forestry and many others and this close working relationship helps local brigades meet local community needs.

With this individual community model and bearing in mind that volunteers are not paid, the level to which you can become involved reflects the amount of time that you wish to give to your brigade.

By attending you local brigade meeting you will be able to assess how you can give something to your community and learn new skills and meet new people.

How do I join a brigade?

Contact your local brigade
If you do not know who your local brigade is or who to call, contact your local RFBAQ Representative.

Contact your local Rural Fire support office
Visit the QFES website, then scroll down a click on the Rural Fire Service logo to show contact details for Area offices.

Do roles other than fire fighting
One of the major misconceptions about joining your local community fire brigade is that you have to fight fires, however there are many other roles you can do. These include:

  • Community Education
  • Administration
  • Incident Management
  • Communication
  • Catering and more

As a brigade member you help your community, whether you are an active firefighter or undertaking another role, your contribution makes a difference.