Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Walpole Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service (VFRS) provides a critical rescue and recovery response to road accidents, structural fires and home fires around town. The nearest equivalent VFRS services are based in Denmark, 66 km to the east, and Northcliffe, 97 km to the northwest.
VFRS firefighters undertake a range of responsibilities including:
Containing hazardous material spills
Road crash rescue
Fire safety education
Through comprehensive training, VFRS firefighters learn to operate the wide range of equipment, vehicles and appliances used for fire suppression including charged hose lines, portable pumps, tankers and communications.
DFES provides VFRS training in:
Personal and team safety
Structural and bushfire fighting
Vehicle driving both on and off road
Leadership and emergency management procedures
For incidents involving road crash rescues and hazardous materials emergencies, specialised equipment such as the ‘jaws of life’ hydraulic rams, cutters and spreaders, decontamination equipment and protective clothing are used.
To volunteer come along to a training session (most Wednesday evenings from 6pm) or call DFES on 1800 628 141 to speak to a recruitment advisor.