Why Become a Member?
Full membership is open to individual volunteer rural fire fighters and volunteer rural fire forces. Affiliate membership is available for associated organisations. Very modest membership fees are set by the Committee for each year commencing 1 May.
FRFANZ helps to ensure that our rural communities have effective protection from forest and rural fires.
FRFANZ provides its members information and support, promotes the interests of its volunteers? and is an effective national advocate to ensure that the forest and rural fire forces are appropriately resourced. FRFANZ has a range of uniform clothing available so members can be easily identified as Volunteer Rural Fire Fighters. FRFANZ organises annual conferences and competitions, and formally recognises individual members who have devoted long term service to rural fire control.
Becoming a volunteer rural fire fighter means you are part of a team that helps protect your local community from the risk of fire. As a volunteer you will be trained to respond to vegetation fires. However, you may also be called on to respond to structure fires, medical emergencies, and car accidents. Fundraising and community awareness programmes are other activities that you may be involved with in your community. All rural fire stations have regular training sessions and, when required, crews also attend specialist training courses on weekends. Training is focused on safely responding to vegetation fires. If your local crew responds to other emergency incidents in your area you will be trained to the required standard.
WHAT YOU NEED WHEN YOU JOIN IN US
When you become a volunteer rural fire fighter there are opportunities to gain skills and qualifications that enable our teams to function safely and effectively. We require people who either bring, or are willing to develop, skills and qualifications in:
- Radio communication?s
- Basic and advanced first aid
- Worksafe practices
- Effective team work
- Team leadership
- Ground based firefighting techniques
- Portable equipment operation
- On and off road 4×4 vehicle driving
- Class 2 and above heavy vehicle driving
- Working with aircraft
- Incident management
To be a volunteer rural fire fighter, you will need to be:
- 16 years old or over
- located within a reasonable distance from a station
- complete a police check
- complete a medical test
- complete a physical assessment