Become a volunteer

Due to COVID-19 we are not currently recruiting volunteers.

You can still register your interest by emailing

We will add your name to the volunteer recruitment list and contact you when we are able to start to offer opportunities. You can request your name to be removed at any time.

GMFRS has so many different opportunities for everyone to get involved, whether you’re looking to meet new people, develop your skills, improve your CV or build on your knowledge, you can do this all whilst volunteering for one of the largest fire and rescue services in the UK.

Reasons to be a GMFRS Volunteer

  • Be part of a great team and make lots of new friends
  • Gain work experience within a leading emergency service
  • Out of pocket expenses paid
  • Opportunity to view and apply for our internal vacancies
  • Learn about fire safety and develop links with other groups and organisations
  • Develop and improve your confidence communicating with lots of different people, cultures and backgrounds
  • Get to attend training courses relevant to your volunteering role, useful on both a personal and professional level
  • Relevant uniform provided
  • Regular feedback and one to one sessions with a volunteer coordinator


Training and on-going development

Types of volunteering

What can you do?

By being a GMFRS volunteer you could make a noticeable, positive impact in your area.

There are many different ways you can volunteer:

  • Events and Campaigns
  • Post Incident Team
  • Caged Football
  • Cadet Instructor  
  • Climbing Wall (based in Irlam only)
  • Bury training Site
  • Chaplain (non-faith based)

Activities you could get involved in include:

  • Hazard spotting using fire bikes
  • Accompanying our CSAs in Safe and Well visits
  • Great public Parades such as Manchester Day, St Patrick’s Day and Manchester Pride

What we give you

We will provide you with a uniform and ID badge, give you on-going support, one to one management and provide you with a comprehensive training programme during the time you are with us.

Depending on the role you choose, appropriate equipment and protective clothing will be provided.

Within the service, there are a variety of different volunteering roles to get involved with:

Events and Campaigns

We are always looking for dynamic and highly motivated individuals to help us raise awareness in communities across Greater Manchester to make this a safer place to live, work and visit.

The locations range from town centres, market squares, high streets and, colleges and include events activities such as jobs fairs, community fetes to big events such as the 999 Services Day at the Trafford Centre to Emergency Planning Exercises.

This is a very flexible volunteer role: you will have the opportunity to select which events you can attend so you can fit your volunteering round your existing commitments.

Community Well-Being volunteer

The main role of this volunteer is to support vulnerable people who may be at risk of or experiencing social isolation by visiting people in their home to discuss support needs, suggesting practical solutions, and signposting to partner agencies. The aims of these visits are to help individuals make informed choices about staying well and engaged, and connecting them to support agencies and local organisations in their area.

Post Incident Team (PIT) – give something back to the community

Our PIT Volunteers carry out an invaluable service for householders who have been a victim of domestic fire, by attending the scene and clearing the area affected by the fire. The service runs 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Survival academy volunteer*

The role of Survival Academy volunteer is to support GMFRS operational personnel in the delivery of CPR training across Greater Manchester to other volunteers, GMFRS staff and members of the public.

Full training is given on CPR, AED, Basic Life Support as well as other health and well-being training and “train the trainer” sessions.

Cadet Instructor* - Want to get develop your skills in working with young people?

This role is to deliver and support youth engagement activities within our GMFRS Cadet units by providing support and mentoring to young people to help them develop their skills, knowledge and personal development. This role is for you if you have enthusiasm, drive and passion of youth work and the desire and ambition to learn and develop yourself and others.

*Please note, these roles are subject to a DBS check.

We have other volunteer roles too, check out our website for more details

Selection process

Our selection process is designed to test and measure you in line with the five values and behaviours’ of the Service - respect, excellence, honesty, inclusivity and professionalism.

Stage 1: On line application

Stage 2: Selection event

Stage 3: Induction Training (2 days)

Find out more about GMFRS