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.
- LOSAP Program
- Provides a supplemental retirement plan with tax-deferred income benefits accrued at the rate of $1000/year for active certified members
- All Squad members are eligible for discounts on sporting events, movie rentals, theater tickets, online shopping and a lot more through our affiliation with “Working Advantage"
- The Squad's insurance company offers discounts to members on auto and homeowners insurance policies, pet insurance, long-term care insurance, and dental and vision discount plans.
- Accident disability insurance
- Covers certified members in case of accident disability, even when not on duty, and available for family members at $36/year
- Education assistance
- The County College of Morris offers a $600 tuition credit for Squad members
- Certain scholarships are available to cadets, to members earning an advanced degree in any medical field, and to members pursuing a paramedic career
- Special license plates
- Special first aider or EMT license plates for any certified member
- Jury duty exemption
- Exemption from service on State of New Jersey grand or petit juries
The prerequisites for full-fledged membership are:
- Age 18 years old or more, not enrolled in high school
- Ability to pass an 8-hour CPR course within 30 days of joining, as well as an EMT course within 12 months. The EMT course includes 200 classroom hours, augmented by online training.
- Ability to work one 12-hour shift each week
- 7:00a - 7:00p or 7:00p - 7:00a
- Normally, crews stay at the Squad building only for ambulance inspection and crew training, and subsequently respond from home
- Ability to work one weekend shift each month
- 7:00a to 7:00p Saturday or Sunday
- Personal interview
- Good moral character
- Apparent adequate physical strength and stamina
- Free from mental and psychological handicaps
- Valid NJ driver's license and satisfactory driving record
- Live or work in the Chathams
- Physical exam (or physician's certification) and Hepatitis B vaccination
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.
The next class of cadets will join in June of 2017. 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 now 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:
- Age 16 years old or more, enrolled as a sophomore in high school (in good standing)
- A resident of Chatham
- Ability to work one 3-hour weekday shift each week
- Shifts are 4:00p - 7:00p or 7:00p - 10:00p
- Cadets will remain at the Squad building during their shifts, rather than responding from home
- Driver's license not required
- Parental permission required
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:
- Atlantic Ambulance Training Center
- Trinitas Regional Medical Center
- Community Safety Consultants
- Union County Community College (Kathleen Whitlock, Administrative Assistant, 908-791-4917)
- EMT class begins with a mandatory orientation on June 23, 2017 (see details)
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.