In our last blog, we discussed the many positions open to volunteers on the firefighter path. This time, we’d love to tell you more about our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteer positions.
As we said previously, many people hear “volunteer” and don’t realize the rigorous jobs that volunteer firefighters and rescue workers perform. Prince William County Fire and Rescue System (PWCFRS) offers a variety of positions and advancement opportunities, providing our volunteers with extensive training and on-the-job experience. You can rise through the ranks while performing rewarding duties within our organization. Check out some of our volunteer positions that follow the EMS path. (Note, positions vary by station; however, training requirements meet all local, state and national standards.)
Emergency Medical Services Volunteer Positions
Similar to the firefighter path, there is a path laid out for emergency rescue workers, as well. Take a peek at some of the exciting volunteer EMS positions we offer:
- Recruit EMS responder – You are a new member with little or no previous training or experience. You will need to complete the following basic classes in order to be enrolled in an EMT-B course: CPR, Infection Control, Stress First Aid, HazMat Awareness, EMS Billing, NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800. As with the Firefighter Recruit position, many departments have required courses designed to help the recruit understand the department and meet their specific requirements. Short, in-house classes such as Harassment Awareness, Station Safety/Department History and PPE/SCBA help recruits understand the expectations and safety requirements everyone has as a member.
- Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMTB) – Upon successful completion of a state Emergency Medical Technician course and passing a National Registry EMT exam, you are certified by the Virginia Office of EMS as an EMTB. Following earning your EMTB certification and completion of the Prince William County Basic Life Support Protocols course and the requirements of the Office of the Medical Director (OMD) endorsement process, you begin practicing as an endorsed medical provider.
- Ambulance Driver – Personnel who have completed an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC), are eligible to begin an ambulance driver program. After completing supervised driving and responses and demonstrating the required knowledge of the vehicle care, maintenance, and operations, members are cleared as ambulance drivers and can serve as one of the minimum personnel required to respond to medical emergencies.
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certifications – Personnel certified as a VA OEMS EMTB are eligible to register for and attend advanced EMT courses. Courses including Intermediate Paramedic or Paramedic certifications train you to provide advanced medical care for critical patients. Once receiving the certification, personnel must complete the Prince William County Basic and Advanced Life Support Protocol courses and an intense internship process to be certified to provide advanced level patient care.
Is one of these volunteer EMS positions calling to you? Get the details to find out what you need to know now! Contact us to learn more about your area of interest. Come join the rewarding family of volunteers at PWFRS today!
Are you looking for a change? Here in Prince William County, the volunteer departments provide fire and emergency medical services to the County’s citizens and visitors during weekday evenings, weekends and holidays. Prince William County’s volunteer fire and rescue departments are seeking motivated individuals who have the desire to make a difference and provide an important service to their community. Learn more now.
- Posted by ATW
- On September 29, 2017
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