The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 50 auxiliary firefighters at any time. An auxiliary or retained firefighter is paid a retainer and a call out allowance. Auxiliary firefighters are expected to attend a minimum of two training sessions per month, and at least one Saturday morning maintenance period per month.
Auxiliaries receive basic training in all aspects of emergency response, and are qualified in First Aid. Auxiliary firefighters play a vital role in assisting permanent staff in remote locations.