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VOLUNTEER AS A RURAL FIRE FIGHTER

We are always looking for suitable people to volunteer as rural fire fighters. Becoming a volunteer means you will be part of a dedicated team that protects your local community from the risk of fire.

Most often, our volunteers get involved because it is a practical way they can support their community. Volunteers are part of local teams that are trained to respond to vegetation fires. However, the teams may also respond to structure fires and car accidents. Fundraising and community awareness programmes are other ways we engage with communities.

If you do decide to volunteer to become a rural fire fighter – you will attend regular training sessions. And when required, crews are also expected to attend specialist training courses – these are usually on the weekend. Training is focused on responding to vegetation fires as this is what rural fire brigades usually respond to. However, occasionally you may respond to other emergency incidents. You will be trained by your fire brigade to the standard set by the National Rural Fire Authority.

Becoming a volunteer means you are able to work as part of a dedicated team and are prepared to undergo the required training.

If you would like to be a rural fire volunteer, you will need to:

  • be 16 years old or over
  • Complete a police check
  • Complete a medical test

Please contact the Northern Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Fire Officer for further details.

 

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