AN 18-year-old who repeatedly impersonated a volunteer firefighter at the height of Tasmania's January bushfires has been convicted and fined.
Bradley Peter Smith, from the Hobart suburb of Clarendon Vale, pleaded guilty to three charges of impersonating an emergency services worker, and a single charge of possessing Tasmania Fire Service equipment, police said.
Smith, who donned a TFS uniform, was fined $500 and a conviction was recorded in Hobart Magistrates Court on Monday, police said.
He claimed to be a firefighter to impress his grandfather, according to the ABC.
The TFS said it welcomed the conviction of anyone who sought to impersonate its members.
"No matter what your motivation, impersonating a firefighter and providing unqualified advice and services to the public is dangerous," chief officer Mike Brown said.
Mr Brown said during big incidents many of the 5000 TFS volunteers found themselves working with people from different brigades across the state, and relied on their common training for safety.
"A person impersonating a firefighter not only has the potential to harm members of the community, but may compromise the safety of firefighters," he said.