Clinical Volunteer Member Expections
After reading applicants may apply at the bottom of this page
We are a group of highly motivated mentors who want to see you succeed. Our workforce is professional, encouraging, and passionate about the job we do. We value every member of our team regardless of their involvement (volunteer or career) within the organization. We are highly motivated and focused on developing quality healthcare providers through our comprehensive training program.
Participation, engagement, and self-motivation are three characteristics necessary for an individual's successful progression and development into a quality pre-hospital healthcare provider. All personnel arrive for their shifts ready to learn and should expect education and calls to be their primary responsibility while on shift.
Our work is not possible without the commitment from our personnel. We are always seeking long-term committed volunteers who have a drive to learn. Volunteer placement is prioritized based on applicants' predicted length of commitment to the organization. We seek a minimum commitment of three years, but always hope for longer.
Volunteers makeup a an important part of our workforce; therefore, our organization's expectations closely resemble those of a full-time job. Our volunteer members run continuously throughout the year without extensive breaks or leaves.
Essex Rescue offers many opportunities for continuing education both internally and externally. As an EMS provider, training will be continuous and ongoing during your involvement.
New Member Training Progression
All new personnel enter our three phase training program. Training begins at the start of your first shift. Training will be rigorous but well-proportioned over your first few months. After several months, you will adapt and establish foundational knowledge, which will continuously be reinforced each shift. All clinical personnel will enter Essex Rescue's Field Training Program. Although the program includes two phases, personnel are only required to complete the first phase. The extent of an individuals progression is solely based on their desire to develop and advance as a provider and leader.
In the first year, you will...
• Begin your apprenticeship
• Complete Vermont's state licensing process
• Complete Phase I* of our internal Field Training Program; which includes driver training
*During Phase I, trainees will focus on the ambulance familiarization, daily operations, equipment familiarization, and gaining patient interaction skills. Trainees work under strict supervision of an organization approved preceptor.
The completion of Phase I marks the end of apprenticeship. Some individuals decide this achievement is enough for them and exit their initial training here. However, some desire advancement and responsibility so they may continue into Phase II. Providers holding Advanced certifications who wish to practice at the advanced level (AEMT/Paramedic) must complete Phase II.
Note: You can re-enter the training program to complete other phases of training at any time after completing Phase I.
In your second year, you may...
• Complete Phase II* of our Field Training Program to obtain crew chief rank and consider taking and advance provider EMS class. Providers do not have to be ALS providers to complete Phase II and become crew chiefs.
*During Phase II, trainees are expected to lead the basic and/or advanced emergency medical care and transportation for stable, emergent and critical patients who access the emergency medical system and who are appropriate for their level of licensure.