Fire and emergency

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.

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:

Read more about volunteering with the rural fire service.