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Firefighter volunteers

As a volunteer-based organisation that provides emergency assistance and support to the people of Western Australia, we rely on the compassion, commitment and community knowledge of dedicated volunteers.

These volunteers work with communities before, during and after an emergency, providing the support and assistance needed to help them prevent, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies.


  • 24 hours a day
    7 days a week

  • 2.6M Population

  • We respond to
    8 hazards

  • 13,500km of coastline

We work better, together

Together with their communities and with the support of various groups, volunteers work to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Marine Rescue volunteers

  • Emergency Services Volunteers

    WA is served by more than 26,000 emergency services volunteers working in a variety of roles. These volunteers generously offer their time and expertise to work with their community to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies.

  • Volunteer Associations

    Each of WA’s five emergency services are supported by an association which provides support to all members and advocates on their behalf.

SES volunteers

  • Career Firefighters

    DFES employ more than 1200 career firefighters who are highly trained to play a crucial role during emergency and rescue situations.

  • Career Support Personnel

    DFES employ more than 300 support staff who work behind the scenes to support career and volunteer responders in their vital work.

Youth volunteer

  • Local Government

    Local governments manage most Bush Fire Brigades, who are often the first to respond to local bushfire emergencies. Local governments also assist their communities to prepare for high threat periods and drive recovery efforts after emergencies.

  • State Government

    A large number of State Government departments are actively engaged in emergency prevention, preparation, response and recovery including Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Police, Parks and Wildlife Service, and Department of Communities.

The Benefits of Volunteering

Playing a vital role

Being a volunteer is an incredibly rewarding experience that provides everyone, regardless of age or background, the opportunity to give something back to their local community.

Volunteers from Wallcliffe Brigade and Witchcliffe Brigade

Volunteers undergoing group training

Volunteering is a team effort

There's a role for everyone

Emergency services volunteers come from all walks of life, bringing different skills and insights along with them. United by the purpose of helping their communities stay safe, volunteers provide an invaluable service.

Meet Your Volunteers