Joining Whitestone Ambulance
Our volunteers are what make Whitestone Ambulance possible. We are always looking for new members to join. Click here if you're interested in joining!
1. I have no experience / I'm not an EMT. Can I still join?
No prior experience is required in order to join. We will provide you with all necessary training.
2. What are the requirements in order to join?
You must be 18 years old or older, and be able to effectively communicate in English.
3. What will I do if I join Whitestone Ambulance?
Every member will receive training and immediately begin serving as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD). If you wish to volunteer on the ambulance, in-house ambulance and driver training will then be provided. Once you are an ambulance driver and after completing the 6-month probationary period, you will be sponsored by the service to become a NYS EMT free of charge. After you have obtained your EMT certification and are cleared by the service, you will serve as an onboard EMT.
4. What would the scheduling be?
At the end of every month, the schedule for the next month is made available and members may choose shifts that work with their schedule. Shifts are generally 6 and 12 hours long, but exceptions are sometimes made.
5. What is the commitment?
Membership should be viewed as a long-term commitment, preferably over a year. There is a 24-hour minimum monthly commitment to the service. For comfort during downtime, our facilities are fully equiped with couches, cable TV, high-speed internet, and a full kitchen.
6. I go away to school / I'm only available for the summer, can I still volunteer?
Unfortunately, membership is a long-term commitment and Whitestone Ambulance will not take in any seasonal members.
7. What training is offered?
Dispatcher training, Driver training, CPR training, Oxygen training, Lifting training, Patient-extraction training, etc.
8. How do I receive the free EMT training?
Once you complete the 6-month probationary period, you will be sponsored by the service to become a NYS EMT for free.
9. Do members get paid?
Every one of our members is a volunteer. No one receives a salary.
10. What are the benefits of joining?
- Free EMT certification
- Free in-house training
- Limitless opportunities for patient care and clinical hours
- Unique and exciting experiences within emergency services
- Recommendation letters
- Important life skills
- Flexible hours
- Resume booster
- Scholarship assistance
- Volunteer discounts
- Tax credits
- An overwhelming sense of pride!