Volunteer with us

Interested in volunteering for Fire and Emergency New Zealand? We'd love to have you join us!

You must be 16 years of age or over to be a volunteer. If you're not yet 18 years old, you'll need the consent of your parent or guardian. Apart from that, almost anybody can join a Brigade or Fire Force, male or female, young or old, those looking for adventure or those wanting to contribute to their community. 

Meet new people

Joining a volunteer station is a great way to meet new people and be a part of your local community. 

Learn new skills  

We ensure that our volunteers are trained to deal with situations they may find themselves in.

Volunteer Firefighter 

Want to fight fires and respond to emergencies? Then being a volunteer firefighter is the role for you!

Volunteer Firefighters respond to a range of emergencies depending on the local community’s needs. You can find out what your local station responds to here. 

Volunteer Firefighters duties include: 

  • Firefighting - structure and/or vegetation
  • Medical response
  • Weather emergencies
  • Hazardous substance
  • Motor vehicle incidents
  • Other incidents


Operational Support

Want to respond to emergencies but not fight fires? Then being an operational support volunteer is the role for you!

Operational support volunteers carry out tasks that are non-hazardous to free up firefighters for more specific tasks.

Operational Support may help the station with any or all of the following:

  • People and traffic control
  • Scene protection and salvage
  • First Aid
  • Transporting of equipment
  • Assisting the incident controller
  • Other duties that aren't in the incident hot zone


Non-operational Support 

Want to volunteer to keep your community safe without responding to emergencies? Then Brigade Support is the role for you!

Brigade support allows you to contribute to your local Brigade or Fire Force and community without responding to emergencies.

Volunteer Brigade Support may help the station with any or all of the following:

  • Administrative support
  • Carrying out Secretary or Treasurer duties
  • Promotional and educational activities
  • Recruitment
  • Brigade logistics
  • Other support the station may require 

Find out more about how to become a volunteer