Enjoy the Experience
A Community Partner
The Malua Bay Brigade members are an active group who get closely involved with our community, you can see some of the things we do by visiting our facebook site.
Just a thought
We have some members who while owning property in the brigade area live elsewhere, like Canberra, but come to Malua Bay very regularly. They have joined the brigade, done the training, attended call outs when here and are ready to respond to the major incidents. It is a good way to become part of the community and to give to the place they call their second home.
Thinking of Joining Our Brigade
Like to Become a Member
Joining the Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade is an excellent way to become involved in your local community, be part of a great team and when needed support other regions and communities. Even if you believe that you may not have the capacity to meet the physical demands of getting on a truck and confronting a fire there are many valuable support roles you could be involved in (these are detailed later on this page and elsewhere).
To assist you to understand the membership processes that are required information is set out below. Also to get a feel for who we are and what we do the brigade members section of our website will tell you about our members, what they do or have done, their interests and reasons for joining. The website will also give you a broad understanding of the legislative structures we work under, training available, our equipment and our area. Any of our members would be happy to talk to you about the brigade and what we do.
While active fire fighters attend on the ground fires and emergencies and are more often than not seen as the common image of the RFS there are a multitude of areas that require volunteer support not only at the local level but within the Far South Coast Team, Bega and Eurobodalla Rural Fire Districts and across NSW. It could be said that for every active fire fighter on the ground there needs to be at least another in a support role. The support needs do not simply apply while an emergency is happening, it is also vital in pre incident planning and critically important after the incident to ensure proper documentation of the details of the incident have been recorded. In major incidents especially section 44 declared fires the planning and record keeping aspects are critical with potential reviews being undertaken at a point in the future. Members carrying out these functions, while they are often members of our brigade, they can be part of a specialist brigade called the Eurobodalla Volunteer Operation Support (EVOS) .You can see more about (EVOS) by using this link.
There is formal training available for brigade members locally at the Eurobodalla Training Centre at Mogo,at the Bega Fire Centre and when needed at Regional and State facilities as well. Practical brigade training activities are held twice a month based at the brigade station in Reservoir Rd to hone member skills. You can also specialise in air operations support, fire site analysis or even become a recognised trainer through region and state based courses - the various training schedules show the scope of these courses.
We welcome volunteers from all walks of life - men and women from different cultural backgrounds, age groups and professions. Our brigade have had young people come to us through the Batemans Bay High School Cadet Programme and we have a strong contingent of women who are vital active members in the brigade. If you would like more information on what it means to be an RFS volunteer there is a lot of good information on the RFS web site which you can access through the following (link).
There is a job for nearly everyone in the RFS.
Becoming a Member of the MBRFB
There are a number of steps we must go through and these are proscribed by our brigade constitution and the NSW RFS regulations. It is important to make these assessments about each applicant’s suitability because our volunteers hold a position of trust within the community.
Once you have decided to join the first step is to fill out an application form and send or deliver it to the secretary or captain. An application form can be obtained by contacting either the secretary or captain - also you can download a generic copy by clicking on the following (link) to see the information you will be asked to provide. The brigade executive will then invite you to attend an interview. The interview will cover the types of things you can expect as a volunteer in the Brigade, what your voluntary role will involve and what the NSW RFS expects from its members. During the interview, you will need to bring along 100 points of identification.
Your application along with the details of the interview are forwarded to the RFS District Office and then to the Membership Coordination Unit (MCU) at the RFS Head Office in Sydney. At this stage due to brigade members having unrestricted access to private property, working unsupervised potentially with children there is an assessment of suitability made by the MCU. This assessment includes a National Criminal History Check. If you are a transferring member, or have previously been a member of the Service, a reference check of previous service will be conducted.
If your application is successful, the Service advises you by way of a letter within 7 days of the decision. This letter is sent to you and you should pass it to our brigade Captain as soon as possible.
If your application is unsuccessful you will also be advised of this in writing. You are able to appeal this decision within 21 days of receiving the Services letter.
The brigade executive, at that time, either accepts you as a probationary member for at least 6 months or declines your application. This is done on the basis of need and the number of members required to meet the standards of fire cover in the area. The brigade advises you of their decision. If you become a probationary member, that information is entered onto your personal record on the Service’s central database (MyRFS).
As a probationary member you can undertake some activities and training, and at the end of the probationary period the brigade will vote to accept you as an ordinary member. During the probationary period you will be required to undertake the BF - Bushfire Fighter Course prior to being able to attend fire calls. Even though you may have completed the BF course you will work under supervision during the probationary period.
As an ordinary brigade member you will be given a pager, listed on the automated telephone/text service and be on call in your own right. All volunteers may not be able to respond to calls every time, due to family commitments, being away, illness and work. We have a broad base of members covering all ages and situations and provided we respond when we can to call outs and as needed it is generally OK, it's easier on everyone to share the load. You will get to know the routine particularly in times of emergency. Motor vehicle accidents and house fires are a number one priority for everybody to respond quickly.
Only active members are entitled to vote at meetings of the brigade or hold executive positions in the brigade. To retain the status of an active member of the brigade there are a number of obligations you must do to fulfil the Brigades Constitutional requirements and they are listed below.
There is a register at the brigade station that you MUST fill out each time you attend the shed, an incident or training. The register is an important historic record of an individuals activities and is used to establish the brigade's work load for the purposes of resourcing.
It would be great to see you as a member
Updated Jan 2019
The above information is general in nature and related specifically to the Malua Bay Brigade. Should you like more information generally on volunteering with the RFS the following Rural Fire Service Site links are good to look at - Volunteering in the RFS link, also if you do not live in our brigade area then you can contact the RFS head office by filling out the form at this link which will direct you to your local brigade, and finally there are RFS Service Standards relating to volunteering and you can see these by following this link where you look for service standard 2.1.6 there are also other standards at this site that cover a range of RFS activities.