Men and women from many walks of life are volunteer Firefighters or Operational Support Officers. Volunteers include the self-employed, mothers at home, shift workers, people looking for work, tradespeople and professionals.
They are all people who care about their communities and want to be actively involved in them.
Many brigades receive only a few calls each year. Even for busier brigades many calls occur outside normal working hours. Once the initial training is completed most training is carried out during evenings and weekends.
Time spent away from the job can range from half an hour for a false alarm to 4-5 hours in a rare major emergency.
Most employers find considerable advantages in having people with Fire Service training on their staff - people who can fight fires, give first aid, perform CPR and keep a cool head in an emergency.
Officer training also develops leadership and management skills and experience that can be useful in the workplace.