Recruitment and Volunteering

Ask anyone in a volunteer fire brigade what they struggle to obtain the most and the answer will always be "new members". A brigade as an entity lives and dies on the strength of its membership. Without fire fighters to man them, appliances are useless and without administration officers a brigade cannot be run day to day.

Regardless of the amount of time you can commit to a brigade, your availability to attend fires or your age, gender or physical ability, if you volunteer to join a fire brigade you will always be both welcomed and needed.

Becoming involved with your local volunteer bush fire brigade is a challenging and reward experience. Fighting fires requires skills and experience which your are unlikely to have needed before or know that you possess.

If you would like to:

  • help the community;

  • gain skills and experience in something completely different from your normal life;

  • become part of a fantastic team that works together as a big family;

  • challenge yourself; or

  • play with fire trucks....

then Volunteer now. Go on… take the challenge!  The Wiluna Town Bush Fire Brigade is an equal opportunity organisation and such encourages applications from members of the Aboriginal community to join.

Volunteers are provided with all the necessary equipment and training at no cost.

A brochure from DFES can be downloaded here.  If you feel like volunteering in the Wiluna Town BFB is something that you wish to discuss further, please fell free to Contact Us.

Training

Once accepted as a probationary fire fighter, you will be advised of the next scheduled basic training.  Basic training is normally run over one night and three full days (all run after hours or on weekends) and consists of the following:

Volunteer Firefighter Induction

Run over a couple of hours, this is a quick introduction to Emergency Services in WA and will introduce you to your firefighter training.

Introduction to Firefighting

The first course all firefighters undertake, it includes both theory and practical components and gives you your first opportunity to “squirt some water”.

The course includes topics such as:

  • Teamwork and safety

  • Basic fire theory

  • Incident command and control

  • Radio communications

  • Use and maintain equipment

Bush Fire Firefighting

Run over 2 full days, this is your first specialist “Bush Fire” training, the course provides you the basic understanding of bushfires and how to work safely in extinguishing them.  The course includes topics such as:

  • Bush fire behaviour

  • Bush fire suppression

  • Map Reading

  • Bush fire safety awareness

  • Hand tools

 

Further Training

After completing your “basic training” you will be assigned a mentor and can start attending brigade burns and incidents (under supervision).

There are numerous other training opportunities once you have completed your basic training, including:

  • AIIMS Awareness

  • Structural Firefighting

  • Crew Leader Advanced Bush Fire

  • Pump Operations

  • On and Off Road Driving

  • First Aid/AED

  • Sector Commander

  • Machine Supervision

  • Ground Controller

  • Trainer/Assessor

Credit to Sawyers Valley BFB and Gosnells BFB for the information on this page.  Why reinvent the wheel if the wheel works!

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