We always welcome inquiries from potential volunteers to fill openings on our team. We are most eager for volunteers who can serve on daytime shifts on weekdays or nighttime shifts on weekends. We discourage applicants who can serve only during school vacations. If you are at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school, you can volunteer to be a full-fledged member. If you are at least 16 years old and enrolled in high school, you can volunteer for our cadet program.

All new members are enrolled in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course taught by professionals in emergency medicine. Tuition is fully paid by the Squad. On successful completion of the course, a member is certified as an EMT by the State of New Jersey.

It is easy to satisfy Squad duty requirements while also satisfying family and work obligations. A spirit of teamwork within the Squad, coupled with a sophisticated Squad email system for member communications, makes it easy to find members to cover your shifts when you have conflicting commitments.

In addition to the intangible rewards which come from helping others in need, there are more tangible rewards. Though not high in value, they are not insubstantial.

To volunteer as a full-fledged member, please send an email to our Personnel Vice President, who will contact you. To download a membership application, click here.

The prerequisites for full-fledged membership are:

The purpose of the cadet program is to provide high-school students with the dual opportunity to help their community and to learn more about healthcare systems. New cadets are selected at the end of their sophomore year, and are expected to serve with the Squad at least through high-school graduation. At that point, they may apply to become regular members of the Squad. Cadets must be residents of Chatham.

Qualified high-school sophomores interested in applying should download the Cadet Application and the Cadet Contract, which spells out the expectations and requirements for cadet members and should be carefully read and understood by both student and parents. Interested sophomores are welcome to complete the application and submit to the Cadet Manager at 45 Spring Street. 

To join the Squad as a cadet, students must satisfy the same requirements as candidates for full-fledged membership, with the following differences:

The State of NJ Office of Emergency Medical Services aggregates all courses offered by various training agencies on their website. You can review dates, locations, and agencies without having to log in. Some fall and summer course offerings may not be posted at the beginning of the year, so check back periodically if you don't find what you need.

In some cases, agencies in our area have scheduled EMT training courses that are not yet reflected on the State website. Therefore you may find it useful to check these other resources:

If you are accepted as a CES member, you will be given further guidance for finding the EMT training course which is best for you. In the meantime, questions may be addressed to the CES Training Lieutenant.