Bayswater Fire Brigade encourages and welcomes new members to CFA. Brigade members come from all walks of life and each provides valuable service to our community.
What does it take to be a member of Bayswater Fire Brigade?
As emergency responders, fire fighters need to live or work within approximately eight minutes of the fire station (located on the corner of Scoresby Road and Mountain Highway Bayswater). Since we cannot predict when you will be called upon, you need to be flexible and available at short notice, chances are you will be out with friends, at home or work. It is a challenging role and you need to be fit and healthy. Importantly, you must be available and willing to attend fire calls and Brigade activities.
Are there skill and fitness requirements?
You do not need any experience or qualifications to join the Brigade, but you need common sense and enthusiasm. We will provide you with the skills you need to perform the role. Bayswater Fire Brigade is responsible for the health and safety of its members, and the Brigade needs to know if a prospective volunteer has a condition that may place limitations on their role; you may be exposed to working at heights, in confined spaces, or stressful emergencies.
What is the time commitment?
In addition to fire calls, the Brigade trains twice a week on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. It is expected Brigade members commit to the majority of these activities. The more members we have the more we can share the load!
What will training involve?
Before a Brigade member is able to attend fire calls they are required to complete minimum skills training and a 6 month probationary period. Once this is achieved our members have the opportunity to attend regular Brigade training that maintains skills and develops new ones. All Brigade members receive nationally recognized and accredited training.
What benefits will there be for me?
There is the satisfaction of a job well done, and the camaraderie which comes from working in challenging situations. You will develop leadership and management capabilities and learn new skills that can be beneficial in both personal and employment environments. Importantly, you will put something back into your community. If you can cope in an emergency you are ready for anything that life may throw at you!
Are there non fire fighting roles?
In addition to fire fighting, there are many other ways you can support the Brigade. We have numerous support personnel who manage areas such as administration, finance, community engagement and human resources.
How do I join Bayswater Fire Brigade?
To register your interest with Bayswater Fire Brigade freecall 1800 232 636 or visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au. A brigade member will then contact you to discuss your membership.