Volunteering with Fire and Rescue

Become a Community Fire Volunteer to share fire safety advice with residents and businesses in your community.

Families and staff pose for a photo at the Suffolk Show

Being a volunteer

Supported by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service staff, volunteers help to deliver a wide range of prevention advice and education at various events in their communities.

The activities you may be involved with include:

  • Safer Home Visits
  • Admin & IT tasks
  • Driving vehicles (Non-emergency)
  • Giving talks to Community groups
  • Delivering leaflets
  • Youth development
  • Representing SFRS at events
  • Community engagement

You can read more in our volunteer application pack (PDF, 67KB)

What's in it for me?

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to volunteer, but all volunteers will have a sense of pride by ensuring Suffolk is a fire-safe place.

We will provide you with:

  • ongoing training
  • uniform for when you are undertaking duties
  • support to develop your skills
  • expenses to cover any costs you incur whilst on duty
  • a friendly and supportive environment

Some of the things you can gain from volunteering include:

  • an opportunity to meet new people
  • experience working in your local community
  • increased confidence and team working
  • chance to build on existing skills and to develop new ones
  • interesting and rewarding tasks
  • the opportunity to attend CFV social events
  • a sense of achievement in ensuring the safety of others

Who can volunteer?

Anyone.

We just ask that you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • available for at least 6 hours a month
  • enthusiastic!

How to apply

Once you have had read through our application pack (PDF, 67KB), you just need to complete the application form (PDF, 67KB) and return it to us.

Once you've applied, we will contact you for a chat and answer any questions you may have. We’ll ask for some references and invite you to the next volunteer induction course.

We run induction courses depending on the number of applications we receive, so there may be a delay before we get to meet you. Once all this is completed, you'll be a part of the team!

If you have any questions, you can contact the team by: