Volunteer Operational Support

NZFS Operational Support in action

Operational Support Crew

Operational Support crew are valuable members of the brigade who can perform a range of duties to assist fire crews at incidents.

There is a range of courses and training available to operational support crew and the main difference is they are not required to undertake the firefighter seven-day course.


Operational Support crew will be required to attend Monday night training with the brigade. OSO's will be required to complete a basic level of training and unit standards before becoming operational.

Basic Training Standards:
  • Health & Safety Course
  • Basic First Aid
  • Use of portable radios
  • Traffic management
  • Hose running and standpipe use

Second Level Training:
  • Co-Responder Course
  • Chainsaw Course
  • Operation of Portable Pumps
  • Urban Search and Rescue Category 1 – Awareness (USAR Cat1A)


Operational Support recruits will be subject to the same recruitment, operational conditions, and expectations as other members of the brigade.

Operational Support crew are required to live within the station turn out area unless and the exception has been agreed by the officer in charge.