No, most volunteer departments only have age and driver’s license requirements. Members of certified volunteer agencies who take an EMT course receive free tuition through the State of New York.
Is there a way that I can “test drive” being a volunteer and who is the person to speak to regarding volunteering?
In the Oneida County area please contact COCVAC by telephone at 315-853-2118 or send a message in the start today section of our website.
Are there things that might prohibit me from volunteering?
Typically all Ambulance Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, pass a criminal and DMV background check, be of sound physical and mental condition, capable of performing all assigned duties, and be able to read, write, and speak the English language. If you have any questions about your eligibility please contact COCVAC at 315-853-2118.
What type of training do volunteers receive before riding on the ambulances?
Typically all volunteers, regardless of experience, go through an initial orientation class which meets one evening a week for four weeks prior to conducting shifts. Depending upon experience level volunteers may conduct shift as a third crew member with experienced providers before being released as a second crew member.
What is the time from orientation to when I can ride on an ambulance?
At agencies, such as COCVAC, new members with no experience receive training for approximately one month prior to them riding on an ambulance.
If I am already trained as an EMT or higher, are there any classes I need to take or can I be “fast tracked” to volunteering?
There is always a certain level of training new members must attend to help you transition into any new agency. However, certain raining may be reduced or eliminated on a case by case basis.
Do I have to live in a certain location?
Unlike many other public service agencies, such as Fire Departments, most Volunteer Ambulances have no residency restrictions.
How much time must I commit?
A typical Volunteer shift is 6 hours long, with the opportunity to work up to 12 hours. Shifts usually start at 6 am, 12 noon, 6 pm, and 12 midnight.
Is there any cost (uniforms, books, training, etc.)?
All costs are typically covered by the volunteer agency, including classes, uniforms, books, and other training.
Will I be able to become a Paramedic?
Volunteering as an EMT provides experience and training that will last a lifetime. Many volunteers have gone on to become both volunteer and paid Paramedics, Flight Medics, Nurses and other medical providers.