Members of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) are our organisation’s most important asset. The NTFRS plays a major part in ensuring the safety of all Territorians by attending a wide range of incidents such as road accidents, chemical spills, industrial accidents, structure fires, grass and bush fires as well investigating the cause of fire and building and plan inspections and educating the public about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety.
The NTFRS has 180 permanent staff working in the regional centres of Alice Springs, Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Yulara as well as 50 part-time auxiliaries and approximately 300 volunteers.
While career firefighters respond to fires, road crashes and hazardous material spillage, there are many behind the scene staff undertaking a wide range of tasks in order to make the community safer from fire. These include strategic planning, fire safety, hazard abatement, community education, fire investigation, fire alarm monitoring, firefighter training, operations support and administration. NTFRS also employs people to co-ordinate mostly operational aspects of the organisation at regional and district levels.
Our many volunteer fire fighters are the backbone of our rural brigades. Volunteers are regularly called on to assist full-time firefighters at grass and bushfires, motor vehicle accidents or protracted incidents such as floods and cyclones. In some remote communities Volunteer Firefighters respond to all types of incidents, as the nearest career firefighters are quite often based hundred of kilometres away.
Volunteer members respond in the first instance to emergency calls within their district. They also attend emergencies in other volunteer fire brigade areas when requested to assist.