Volunteering for a Safer State
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
We respond to
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.
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.
Each of WA’s five emergency services are supported by an association which provides support to all members and advocates on their behalf.
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.
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.
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.
Strengthen Your Community
Volunteering is a great way to become more connected and contribute to your community. Whether you're working on the frontline, or in a supporting role, your local knowledge can play a vital role in strengthening your community and keeping it safe.
Form New Friendships as Part of a Team
Volunteering also provides a place to connect with like-minded members of your community, work as a team and bond over shared experiences. Working closely together with new groups of people can help you forge life-long friendships.
Personal and Professional Development
As a volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to strengthen your communication and teamwork skills, all of which can be carried into your personal and professional life.
Ongoing Training and Support
All emergency services volunteers are offered free training and education to meet the needs of their chosen volunteer role. Many of these skills are highly valued by employers and can be put into practice in real-world situations.
Sense of Achievement and Purpose
Volunteer work is beneficial for your community, but it can also make a positive impact on you. When you give back to your community, you're participating in something bigger than yourself, which can provide you with a great sense of achievement.
Enjoy Better Health
It's a proven fact that people who volunteer experience improvements in both their mental and physical wellbeing. In addition to lowering stress levels, volunteering has been linked with lower blood pressure, improved immunity and better overall wellbeing.
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.