Each crew works one evening/night per week and 36 daytime weekend hours per quarter. The evening/night shifts are from 6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 6am. Members are asked to keep their radios or pagers (which we supply) on at other times in case additional crews are needed.
Shifts can be flexible when it is necessary. If someone cannot be in town until 10pm, it is possible for that person to have a shift that starts a bit later. If someone needs to leave early for work, it is possible to accommodate a shift that ends earlier than 6am.
Non-EMT members may be asked to work a half-shift. That is, rather than riding every week, they may split their shift with another member to ride every-other week. Alternatively, they can split the shift so that each rides half of the night.
Yes. The scheduling officer will work with you to find a night that is convenient for you.
No. At 8pm on your night assignment, you come to the building to check that the ambulance is fully stocked, something we call “rig check” and have a short training session with your crew. After that, you only need to remain in town with your pager. You can sleep in your own bed. Some members choose to sleep at the squad building during their duty shifts, especially when the weather is bad enough to delay a response from home.
That depends on what you call “a lot”. Most calls occur in the evening before everyone goes to sleep. However, occasionally some calls occur very late at night or early in the morning.
No. There is an application process that involves personal references, a fingerprinting check, and a criminal background check, but citizenship and employment status are not issues for membership.
You cannot be too old as long as you are physically and mentally fit enough to ride. Riding members range from 16 to 65 with many becoming EMTs in their 40s and 50s. We also have a good number of people in their 20s and 30s.
We understand. We just ask that you find another member to cover your shift. Fortunately, there are enough riding members at this time to make that fairly easy.
There is a minimum amount of training you will need that the squad provides— CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens & two brief online courses required by the Federal Government regarding the Incident Command System. You will also need to show proof of having been vaccinated against Hepatitis (free at the hospital if you have not received it). The squad will encourage you to take a class to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) as soon as possible. More experienced members will work with you as you learn.
EMT classes are 160 hours of training and practical instruction. They typically run two evenings per week plus one weekend per month for 3 to 4 months, although there are many scheduling options. At the end of the program, you must pass a NJ State exam.
Your training does not stop there (assuming you love it and want to learn more). There are hundreds of hours of additional training offered to EMTs to enhance their skills. Maintaining your EMT status requires a modest amount of continuing education. Most classes are offered during evenings and weekends.
Nothing. All EMT training is free. You will be provided with a pager, a radio (once you are an EMT) and a uniform.
Everyone has their own reason for joining the rescue squad. Among them are:
Basic EMT training includes:
No. This is a unpaid, volunteer organization. However, we do have what's called the “Length of Service Awards Program” (LOSAP). This is a program that rewards squad members for their community service. The township provides a small, tax-deferred contribution to a retirement fund for each member meeting or exceeding a certain amount of volunteer work each year.
We have a Cadet member program for Squad members aged 15 to 22.
More details on the Squad Cadet Program can be found here.
To move forward with membership, See here