Members of the present Squad are not only trained EMTs; some are also instructors in first aid-related fields, such as CPR. There is a rock solid foundation to build upon. The rebuilding effort has been joyful – the enthusiasm and optimism are contagious. The rebuilt Squad intends to serve better and be trained and equipped better than the Squad has ever been before. This is a success story in the making.
There is more that can be done. The Squad can expand its coverage and increase its response rate with new members. We can implement new methods of response that offer the possibility of getting basic first aid competencies and equipment to a patient even faster than before. To do these things, we seek more members.
Becoming an EMT requires a serious commitment. The initial training is extensive; drills at the Squad and continuing education requirements are part of one’s responsibilities. The cost of the EMT class is paid by the State or the Squad.
We also have room and need for non-EMT members. Non-EMT members train and drive our ambulances, handle important work managing the Squad’s coverage schedule, and serve in administrative capacities.
The rewards are huge – an opportunity to provide tangible service to one’s community and to neighbors in need. More directly personal, becoming an EMT is a promise to one’s family and extended love ones that first aid response and health care are immediately available wherever your family may be and whenever it may be needed. To protect loved ones, to serve neighbors, to be a Samaritan to strangers – these are reasons to become an EMT.