Fire and emergency
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)
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
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.
- Information regarding Fire and Rescue can be located on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.
- For information regarding the Rural Fire Service Queensland, refer to the Rural Fire Service website
- For information regarding the State Emergency Service, refer to the SES website
- For information regarding Emergency and Disaster, refer to the Disaster website
Rural Fire Service
The 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:
- fighting fires
- fire prevention and mitigation advice (controlled burns etc.)
- issuing fire permits
- community education
- disaster management response and recovery operations.