Friends of the Westhampton Ambulance, Inc.
What It Means to Volunteer
Looking into what it takes to volunteer is the first step of becoming a dedicated volunteer within your community! You will be making a commitment of time - usually a few hours a week. In addition to going out on calls, you will spend time training, attending meetings, maintaining the equipment, and a variety of other duties. Of course, there is no limit to how much time you are willing to give.
Volunteering requires you to devote time to learning and maintaining skills. All your training will be provided, and once your training is complete, you will be expertly prepared to respond professionally as part of your community’s first line of defense in time of crisis.
What Does It Take to Become a Volunteer?
At least 17 years of age. There is no maximum age
In good physical health. This, of course, is relative to the duties you will be called upon to perform.
Of sound moral character and prepared to fill a position of responsibility and trust.
Q. How much time does it take to be a volunteer?
A. It varies from week to week, but on average you'll put in around five hours a week. Many volunteers enjoy putting in more.
Q. What will my training cost?
A. Nothing! Experienced, professional training will be made available to you.
Q. How long will it be before I can make a genuine contribution?
A. Immediately. And your responsibilities will increase as you gain experience and training.
Q. Will I have any out-of-pocket costs?
A. No. Your uniform, equipment – even your annual physical – will be provided for free.
Q. Do I have to be an EMT?
A. You do not have to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to be a member of Westhampton Ambulance.
Q. Can I just drive?
A. Yes, Westhampton Ambulance allows members to be either an EMT, a Driver or both. Any non-EMT’s will be trained to assist EMT’s with their roles.
Q. What if I have no medical experience?
A. Westhampton Ambulance holds monthly trainings to help keep EMT’s up to date with their procedures. These trainings are also required for non-EMT’S and can help you assist in emergency situations. As a member of Westhampton Ambulance, you also can get into an EMT Class for a cheaper price then if you were not in a corps. We also offer CPR/First Aid training to any member at no charge.
Q.Do I have to live in Westhampton Beach?
A. No, membership is split into three different positions.
In District member (Quogue, Quiogue, Westhampton Beach, Westhampton Dunes, Remsemburg, Speonk).
Associate Member (For members who live outside of the towns we serve).
Probationary Member Requirements:
A Review period is 6 months. Probation for a new member is 6 months. Probationary Members must complete the following:
Attend all monthly membership meetings during probationary period.
Attend ALL trainings during probationary period
Attend ALL OSHA training and HazMat Awareness Training.
Complete NIMS Training.
Serve four (4) 12-hour Night Duty Crew per month during the following hours: 1800 hrs -0600 hrs
Additional Duty Crews such as Standbys, trainings, and/or special events are excluded from the above requirements unless approved by the Chiefs.
If you would like more information about joining Westhampton Ambulance or would like to get an application, please fill out the form on the next page and submit it. Someone from the application committee will get back to you as soon as possible.
...and here are the rewards.
Some things are worth more than money and stay with you longer. Things like:
Respect: From every member of your community.
Accomplishment: Train to be a firefighter or an EMS provider and you’ll develop knowledge and skills few can claim.
Friendship: Some of your strongest social ties you’ll ever make will be with your brother and sister volunteers...people who share your commitment and ideals.
Satisfaction: Nothing beats the sense of fulfillment that comes from saving a life or doing an important job well while helping your community.