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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)

Fire and emergency

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is the primary provider of fire and emergency services in Queensland.

Maintained by a unique mix of approximately 36,000 Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers, 6000 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers, approximately 2,200 permanent firefighters, more than 2000 auxiliary firefighters and supported by non-operational administrative support staff, QFES responds to:

  • Structural, landscape and vehicle fire;
  • Road crash rescue;
  • Swift water and water rescue;
  • Storm and natural disaster;
  • Building fire safety;
  • Hazardous condition incidents;
  • Land, marine, air and urban search and rescue;
  • Crime scene, missing person and forensic searches;
  • Animal disease outbreaks; and
  • Communications.

The QFES aims to protect person, property and the environment through the delivery of emergency services, awareness programs, response capability and capacity (preparedness), and incident response and recovery for a safer Queensland.

Read more about volunteering with the Rural Fire Service or State Emergency Service.

Queensland Rural Fire Service

The Queensland Rural Fire Service (RFS) is the volunteer arm of the QFES operating in rural, semi-rural and urban fringe areas where there is no urban fire service coverage.

The RFS consists of 34,000 volunteers from 1500 rural fire brigades across the state.

RFS volunteers provide services in their local area, including:

Read more about volunteering with the rural fire service.

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Smoke alarm

Triple Zero (000) for life threatening emergencies.

132 500 for SES storm and flood emergency assistance.

13 HEALTH - 13 43 25 84

Traffic and travel - 13 19 40

Queensland Alerts


What homes require smoke alarm?

Smoke alarm

Queensland Fire & Emergency Services position is "that all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms".

Under Queensland law:

  • All homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms
  • Homes built before 1 July 1997 must have at least one 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm
  • Homes built or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997 must have a 240-volt (hard-wired) smoke alarm.

How many smoke alarms do you need?

Queensland Fire and Emergency suggest that homes should have:

  • A smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on each level of the home
  • In a single-level home, 1 alarm may be enough (as a minimum) if all the bedrooms connect to a common hallway
  • Additional alarms in homes with separated sleeping areas

A smoke alarm in each bedroom and the hallway if you sleep with the bedroom doors closed.

New Smoke Alarm Legislation effective 1 January 2017

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Last updated
21 December, 2017
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