Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have certifications to join the Rescue Squad?
Yes you do need certifications to join the Rescue Squad. The minimum certification needed to join the rescue squad is a state approved CPR for healthcare providers card and a valid driver’s license or DMV identification card. You must also have either an Emergency Vehicle Operations Certification or a state approved EMS certification. Junior members do not need the EVOC or EMS certification to apply but are expected to obtain one of the two within one year.
Do I have to be 18 years old to join the Rescue Squad?
No, the minimum age to join the Rescue Squad is 16. Members under the age of 18 join the squad as Junior Members. There are some restrictions for junior members and upon turning 18, they are moved to full member status.
If I have received a background check from another business, do I need to complete another one for the Rescue Squad?
Yes, you will need to get a new background check performed by the state office.
If I don't live in Smithfield, can I go to any police department and received a finger print card?
If you do not live in Smithfield, you can get your fingerprints completed at another police department in Virginia. You will have to tell the officer that you are applying for an EMS position. You may also have to pay for the service if you go to another police department. The one provided by Smithfield Police Department is free of charge as long as it is used for the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Why does the Rescue Squad need finger prints and criminal background checks?
The Virginia Office of EMS made mandatory in July 2014 that all new employees or volunteers applying for an EMS job in the commonwealth would be required to have a federal background check. In abiding to the state requirements, fingerprints are submitted to the state so they can run a criminal background check on all applicants. The process takes less than a month and upon completion a letter is sent back to the squad and is placed in the applicants file.
What can I expect after I submit the application?
After submission of the application, it is reviewed by the Vice President of Membership and an interview is set up. After the interview, you will receive an email with an invitation to an orientation event. During the orientation event, you will receive more information on the rescue squad, and will be given access and instruction to the scheduling system. Depending on your certification level, you will also receive a packet for precepting. After your orientation, you will be released as a probationary member for 90 days.
What can I expect from the Interview?
The interview is a way for the rescue squad to meet the applicant and get an idea of who they are and answer any questions they may have. It also allows us to discuss any issues that may have been brought up with the application or any missing information that may be needed to complete the process.
Can I do a ride along before submitting the application?
Yes, we actually encourage it! A ride along is a good way to gain experience and find out if joining a volunteer rescue squad is something you want to do. To do a ride along, you will need a valid driver’s license or state ID card and an active CPR card (Healthcare Provider Level). Ride along forms can be found online or at the Rescue Squad. Ride along can be completed any day of the week between 8AM and 8PM and are limited to 12 hour shifts. Overnight shifts are not available to observers.
What if I am a college student and need to take off for the summers, does the squad accommodate?
Yes! We have a lot of members who are students at the surrounding schools and understand that they leave for the summers to go home. We accommodate our members with educational leave and personal time as needed.
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