Join Us

The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad is a resident squad. This means the active duty crew members respond directly from the Squad headquarters, which keeps our response time low. We have dorm-style sleep quarters for crew members staying overnight. Additional members for second or third calls respond by pager if a full crew is not available at the building.

 

Types of Membership

The Squad has two types of members: Riding and Associate.

 

 

Riding

Riding Members are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) - Help your neighbor, save a life. Respond to emergency calls and help make a difference.

 

Requirements:

  • Valid New Jersey driver license. You must have a non-restricted NJ driver license in order to drive the ambulance "hot", i.e. to calls and the hospital.
  • Pull one duty period a week. Either a 5 hour daytime or 12 hour overnight shift.
  • Take and pass the EMT training class. NJ EMT Training Fund may be able to cover cost of EMT class. Classes are run in the Spring, Summer and Fall at the Squad building as well as other places around NJ

 

 

Benefits:

  • CPR and EMT training provided*
  • Tuition and child-care reimbursement available
  • Pension program (LOSAP)
  • Scholarship program
  • Discounts at shops and venues around town

 

Associate

Associate Members are members who help the Squad apart from responding to calls. One type of Associate Member is a Dispatcher. Often Dispatchers decide to become riding members when they turn 17 and get their driver license.

 

Dispatcher

Train at the Squad to answer calls and dispatch EMS crews.

 

Requirements:

  • At least a Junior in high school.
  • One 2-hour duty period every 1-2 weeks.
  • Assist once a month on weekends, possibly overnight, when the tenant dispatchers are off.

 

How do I apply?

 

You are welcome to stop by our Squad building, ask questions of any member there and pick up an EMT(PDF 597K) or Dispatcher (PDF 115K) application. There is always someone in the building.

 

(If you need a PDF viewer, Adobe Reader is free from Adobe's website.)

 

 

Return the completed application to us either in person or by mail.

 

 

 

*EMT training provided usually after 12 weeks of riding as a non-EMT probationary member