Volunteering with CFA is not just about firefighting. We welcome different people with different skills. Being a CFA volunteer can involve some hard work, but the rewards are great. You can:

  • develop leadership and people management capabilities
  • learn new skills that help you in your professional and personal life
  • receive accredited training
  • meet new friends
  • be part of Victoria’s largest volunteer team
  • achieve personal goals
  • put something back into your community
  • involve the whole family
  • receive discounts on goods and services through CFA’s Emergency Memberlink program
Join Olinda RFB, and learn new skills

Comprehensive training is available to all new members. The training you will undertake will vary depending on the brigade you join and the role you are interested in, but might include:

  • basic firefighting
  • pump operation
  • fire safety awareness
  • fire equipment maintenance
  • endorsed truck licence
  • first aid
  • leadership training
  • communications
  • breathing apparatus
Firefighting and emergency roles (Operational)
  • Attending fires – bushfires and structural
  • Conducting fuel reduction burns
  • Attending road accident rescues
  • Attending incidents involving hazardous materials
  • Attending other emergencies including flood assistance
  • Attending other types of rescue
Support Roles (Non-operationaL)
Brigade Support Team

Brigade members also perform a variety of non-firefighting roles and responsibilities. These include station management, community education, school and community group visits, fundraising, maintenance and administrative tasks and assists with catering to a range of events run by the brigade.

Other Support  Roles
  • Community education programs
  • Fundraising activities
  • Brigade training
  • Brigade equipment maintenance
  • Media and public relations
  • Multicultural liaison
  • Brigade administration
Junior Fire Brigade

Junior volunteers (aged 11-15 years old) are supervised by a minimum of two Junior Leaders (adult volunteer brigade members) who hold a Working with Children Check, and they’re provided with safe, enjoyable and challenging activities, and are provided with uniform such as a polo shirt, hat and overalls.

Activities can include:

  • Practical firefighting drills
  • Map reading and radio use
  • First aid training
  • Fundraising
  • Fire safety awareness
  • Community service
  • Leadership development
  • Fire brigade competitions and championships

There is no cost to join. CFA makes every attempt to provide activities cost-free, however some activities may incur a small fee.

Junior members will not:

  • respond to emergencies
  • use heavy equipment (such as Jaws of Life or chainsaws)
  • wear structural helmets or breathing apparatus.

You can download a copy of the Junior volunteer development program (PDF 897k)

 

Click here to join the Olinda Rural Fire Brigade