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The role of a Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) volunteer is varied, with the main aim being to raise awareness of and to promote fire & road safety messages to all communities across Derbyshire. 

Volunteering with us can be rewarding. It brings the opportunity to meet new people, undertake new challenges and experiences. It also provides the satisfaction that comes from making a real contribution to making Derbyshire safer for all communities.

Volunteers provide us with additional skills, local community knowledge and perspectives which enhance and complement the role of the Service in meeting the needs of our local communities and help build closer links with them. 

We’re seeking volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds and who can bring a range of skills and experience to the Service. A commitment to getting involved is essential. 

We value our volunteers and appreciate their enthusiasm in giving their time and skills freely.

DFRS Volunteer Roles

To find out more about volunteering roles, click on the role opportunities below.

» Cycle Patrol / Fire Bike Volunteer

» Direct Engagement and Safe & Well Checks

» Events and Campaigns Volunteer

» Role Play Volunteer

» Youth Volunteer

Supporting Information

To find out more about supporting information, click on each of the below. 

Induction and support

Successful candidates will receive an induction into volunteering with DFRS.

Once completed, volunteers will be provided with the name and contact details of a member of staff who acts as your point of contact with the Service and who can provide guidance and support. Should any queries, concerns or worries arise during your time volunteering; then this will be your first point of contact. 

Relevant support will be arranged for you to undertake your volunteering activity, along with further training if and when needed. 

A volunteer uniform, I.D. card, relevant resources and equipment will be provided while undertaking volunteering activity. 


Volunteers will be entitled to claim out of pocket expenses for travel incurred while carrying out their role, where there are receipts or similar evidence of cost to the volunteer. 

If you travel to and from your place of volunteering by car, you will be reimbursed for your actual mileage – up to a maximum of 25 miles for the complete journey. Please note it is the responsibility of the volunteer to ensure they are legally covered by their insurance company. They must contact their insurers to check that they are covered before using their vehicle for volunteering duties. 

Where required, transport will be provided for volunteers to undertake their duties. 


All volunteers are covered by DFRS's insurance policy while on DFRS property or engaged in any task on behalf of the Service.   

To ensure volunteers remain covered while volunteering, it’s important that you follow the guidelines of your role. It must also be stressed that the insurance policy will only cover an individual if they adhere relevant policies and procedures. 

Reasonable expectations while volunteering

We expect volunteers to:

  • display the Service’s core values while representing DFRS through volunteering
  • demonstrate a commitment to get involved and meet mutually agreed time commitments, or give adequate notice if this is not possible
  • access support to help develop and gain the skills and knowledge required for their role
  • adhere to the letter and spirit of the Service’s policies and procedures including:
    • equality, diversity and inclusion
    • health and safety
    • safeguarding and confidentiality
    • embrace opportunities to help make Derbyshire safer 

Declaration of offences

Please note. DFRS will carry out a basic criminal records check (Disclosure Scotland) for successful applicants. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the volunteering role you are applying for. If you disclose a conviction, it does not necessarily mean that we will not consider your application. Our main consideration will be whether the offence would make you unsuitable for the type of volunteering you are applying for. 

Making an application

Interested in applying? click on the link below.

Derbyshire County Council Emergency Volunteering Opportunity

Derbyshire County Council (D.C.C.) offer an opportunity to become a Derbyshire Emergency Volunteer (D.E.V.). Click below to find out more.


The main aim of the role is to volunteer and assist in the event of an emergency being declared in Derbyshire by the Emergency Planning Team at D.C.C. 

There are various activities to volunteer in, such as:

  • answering telephone enquiries
  • assisting vulnerable people
  • catering duties at rest centres
  • reception duties at rest centres 

Terms and conditions are associated with being a D.E.V. There’s reasonable expectations that volunteers will abide by D.C.C’s policies and procedures and to their Emergency Volunteer Handbook. You can discuss the roles, any terms and conditions or policies and procedures with D.C.C. during their recruitment and induction process.

Any agreement reached regarding volunteering is binding in honour only, is not intended to be a legally binding contract between either party and may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of either party. There is no intention for any employment relationship to be created either now or at any time in the future.

By submitting your details, you are agreeing for your personal details to be supplied to D.C.C’s Emergency Planning Team and for them to contact you.

Simply click to submit your details.Derbyshire Emergency Volunteer Form

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