To become a Weston EMT you do not need any prior medical knowledge. What you do need is a commitment to help others, possibly save a life and to take this knowledge with you throughout the rest of your life.
Understand the commitment is a big one but very rewarding. The following will explain the requirements and process you would follow to become a Weston EMT. It is not written to discourage anyone from joining our all volunteer squad but to instill the sense of dedication of service and professionalism by which we practice, with our promise to help to the best of our abilities and training all who use our service.
Once you read this document your first step is complete; you will have a greater understanding of the application process, the class course requirements and some of the basic details of this commitment.
To become an EMT you must be at least 16 years of age to apply. There are no upper age limits. You must be able to pass a physical.
The first step in applying is to contact the EMS Membership committee at email@example.com. The Membership committee will review the requirements and answer any questions about EMS. A personal interview with you will then be set up. This interview is your chance to ask questions about EMS and the Committee’s chance to meet you and see if Weston EMS will be a “good fit.”
After the interview and prior to the commencement of class those interested must submit all elements of the written application to our station at:
Tami Campos, Office Manager WVFD
52 Norfield Road, PO Box 1163
Weston, CT 06883
The application paperwork should be downloaded from this site, Click here for EMS Application. It is self-explanatory. It will include a police background check, fingerprinting, personal information, 3 letters of recommendation and a letter of good conduct from the police.
The class, for which there is no charge to you, takes place in Weston. It covers the Scope of Practice for an Emergency Medical Technician as determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Healthcare Provider CPR certification as well as experience on a Norwalk Hospital ambulance are part of the program. At all times the members of Weston Volunteer EMS are there to support you in your studies.
Passing this class prepares you to sit for the State of Connecticut written and practical exams. Success at these grants you certification as a CT EMT. Everyone on our squad is certified to this level of expertise. You are a professional. Trained to treat those in emergent situations, and get them to a hospital in a timely manner. We do this while maintaining our patient’s integrity and confidentiality. These are primary elements of our care and treatment of all patients. We are a small community, treating and caring for our own. Seeing and being with them at times when they are most vulnerable. Confidentiality is mandatory. We take our work seriously and cannot stress how important it is to maintain this level of treatment. As an EMT you and your family must understand and respect this commitment. You cannot talk about calls or treatments that take place with friends, family or even other EMTs not on your call. It is imperative that you understand these commitments and the following prior to applying for consideration.
Once you have passed your class, tests and physical, you will be scheduled as a Weston EMT. You will never be sent out on a call by yourself. Not to worry. Our first priority is the safety and care of our squad. You will always be with other EMTs with more experience, until you feel comfortable responding on your own. Our crews are made up of at least 2 members. For approximately one year you will be a probationary member. During this time, your duties are exactly those of a regular member in terms of commitment. At the end of your probationary period you are then voted in as a full EMT. Your additional requirements include meetings and drills on the first and third Monday of every month beginning at 7:30 p.m. You will be required to attend at least 7 monthly organizational meetings and 7 full squad drills per year. Ongoing practice, maintenance of your certification and updates on procedures are covered in these meetings and drills.
In addition to this, you must be available to be "on duty" for a minimum of 36 hours per month, which can be completed during night shifts from the hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and/or day shifts, available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Day shifts can be broken up into 3 hour blocks. If your scheduled shift cannot be covered, it is up to you to find a replacement within our squad. We are a 24/7 squad. We have our radios on us at all times, and will cover calls when we are in town and available. This does not mean you have to respond at all times, it does mean we intend to have our town covered at all times. Unlike other squads, you do not have to sit at the station during your shifts; you can be at home, or anywhere within Weston borders. In addition to your 36 hours monthly of scheduled duty you must commit to at least 2 “special events” per year i.e. sports squad, town races, Memorial Day Fair, 4th of July Fireworks, etc., which require additional EMS “stand-by” coverage.
Once you become an active member you will be provided a ‘jump kit’ of EMS medical equipment, making it possible to perform your duties at any given time. Because of your training you will know how to use each item in this bag as well as all equipment on the ambulance. All EMS clothing is provided to you and an unlimited number of disposable gloves await you. You will have a two-way radio for communications with dispatch and your fellow volunteers while on duty. Last but not least, we will train you to be a qualified ambulance driver.
The cost for all this is simply your dedication, sense of commitment to your fellow members and the desire to serve the people in the Town of Weston.
Helping your neighbors in a time of need and then seeing them healthy, happy and doing well, is an experience you will not forget. We hope this entices you to consider one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities available in our community. We would welcome the help, as would Weston. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org and our Membership Committee will be happy to talk to you further, answer any of your questions, and set up an interview.
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WESTON EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - WESTON, CT 06883