Inspector John Bennett, deputy fire control officer, Cumberland Zone at Regentville, has spoken about joining the NSW Rural Fire Service.
"Some want to protect their families, their friends, their assets, their community and their way of life," he said.
"For many, it's also about being part of an organisation with a proud history."
He says the RFS gives them the chance to learn new skills that help them in their day-to-day lives.
Inspector Bennett, 47, has been with the RFS for 25 years looking after the local government areas of Blacktown, Fairfield and Penrith.
His duties include response co-ordination and maintaining the fleet, stations and equipment.
Inspector Bennett said two of his three sons were in the service and one of his three daughters was talking about joining.
He named two major cases that stood out for him: the 1994 bushfires in NSW and the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 in Victoria.
"I encourage young people to become members of the RFS teams," he said.
Details on how to join: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ or call the Fire Control Centre on 4734 7777.