If you have any queries or would like to join our unit email our Recruitment Officer.

Hutt Wairarapa Operational Support welcomes anyone who resides in the Hutt Valley and is interested in becoming a volunteer to serve their community. The following will hopefully give you an insight into what opportunities there are within the unit.

Pre-Recruitment Checks

Recruits are required to pass a Police Check and should be physically able. The fitness requirements for Operational Support is not as strenuous as that of an operational Firefighter, but you need to be able to move around an incident without difficulty and be able to carry a load appropriate to your body weight, etc. (Hoses, Road Cones, Generators, etc.) Operational Support do not wear Breathing Apparatus so the same level of Medical Certification is not required. To be a volunteer you must be 16 years of age or over. If you're not yet 18 years old, you will need the consent of your parent or guardian.

It should be noted that a full Class 1 (Car) Drivers License is a minimum prerequisite. You should also have your own vehicle.

Starting Out

Once appropriate checks have been carried out the candidate will be made a Probationary member for a period of 3 to 6 months. They will be issued with Uniform and Equipment to allow them to respond to working jobs, where they will report to, and work under the supervision of, the senior member present. The unit will attempt to ensure that the probationary member is exposed to as many facets of our operation as possible.

Recruit Training

A new recruit will initially be briefed on how the unit operates with respect to protocols, turnouts and other basic matters. They will then join-in with our ongoing training regime, with appropriate guidance during the initial stages. HWOSU Members are trained with a focus on their Operational Areas, with as much on-the-job exposure as possible. This is an ongoing process, even our existing members are required to continually maintain operational competence through our training programme, as well as responding to callouts.

In the initial stages, Trainee members are not assigned to a crew roster and instead respond to all callouts they are available to attend. This is in order to maximise their initial exposure to Fire operations. After an initial period of training and response, and once a base level familiarity in our procedures is gained, the trainee is attached to one of the duty crews and will respond with them for all future calls as appropriate. On the fireground they continue to report directly to the senior member present and will generally be supervised by a full member at all times whilst at the scene of an incident.

Attaining Full Membership

After the 3 to 6 month period, assuming there have been no problems and that the candidates skills are up to standard, they will be subjected to a vote for full membership. A full member has the ability to work autonomously at an incident as required by the OIC of the Fire Brigade in attendance.

From all walks of life....

Amongst our membership we have a variety of employed people, including:

  • Security Guards
  • Retail Staff
  • Computing Professionals
  • Self Employed
  • Drivers
  • Administration Staff & Managers

Each of our members shares a commitment to our community and for the role which we fulfill within the Fire Service. Being a member of the Fire Support provides a unique way for us to give something back, and we're proud of who we are and what we do.

We'd love to hear from you.
Join us today - email our Recruitment Officer.