Q: I work a lot, have a family, and other responsibilities. Would I really have time?
A: Absolutely, we never “close” twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week we are “open” therefore, flexibility is easy.
Q: What is the application process like?
A: The process is competitive and we don't accept just anyone. Initially, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. If you are still interested, you will complete an application and personal history statement. If your application is accepted, you will be scheduled for an in-depth interview. Thereafter, your background will be investigated, your references will be questioned, and you will submit to a drug screen. After these steps have been completed, we will then make a decision regarding your application. You should know Lacey Township EMS is an equal opportunity employer and strictly adheres to all state and federal hiring and employment laws. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
Q: If I'm accepted as a volunteer, what would happen next?
A: You will be required to become a NJ State EMT. The New Jersey Department of Health mandates that our ambulances are staffed with two fully credentialed EMTs at all times. If selected, we will assist you with enrolling in an EMT class.
Q: If I'm accepted as a compensated employee what would happen next?
A: You would serve as a probationary EMT while we evaluate your skill set and if needed, provide additional training/coaching. After completing the probationary period you will go into the normal schedule rotation.
Q: I'm an EMT and attending college, do you have positions for students?
A: Yes, in fact this is an ideal position for a college student. Not only is our scheduling flexible, on-duty shifts often allow for productive use of time.
Q: How much do you pay compensated team members?
A: In addition to our highly competitive hourly rate, we offer sick time, opportunities to earn PTO, in-house amenities and reimbursement for selected training courses.
Q: I don’t think I can handle "blood and guts." Is there a lot of that?A: You would be surprised at what you could “handle” after receiving the proper training and exposure to different experiences under supervision. However, the “blood and guts” aspect is pretty rare and definitely not the norm. We can't promise you that you won't see "bad" things. However, if you do - we will be there for you.
Q: Are you volunteers?
A: We do have some volunteers. However, effective October 1, 2018 we primarily rely on compensated staff. Previously, someone needing life saving help would dial 911 and have to wait until the the call was dispatched. Then, EMTs drove from their home to our headquarters, waited for the crew to assemble then got the ambulance and drove to the person in need. This wasted critical time. Volunteering is noble, kind, and honorable; however, we felt it was in the best interest of the community to have a NJ Department of Health licensed ambulance with two EMTs (we do not utilize a driver/EMT combination) respond much more quickly with a NJ licensed ambulance and two certified EMTs than continue the tradition of all volunteerism. Our headquarters is now staffed 24/7 and ready to respond within a moments notice. Compensated staff has also allowed us to retain the best quality personnel. In just a few months, we have seen dramatic improvements in patient outcomes and recoveries due to our rapid responses, higher expectations, and greater accountability.
Q: I remembered it being called "First Aid Squad" what changed?
A: Through advancements in training, technology, and pre-hospital care, we provide much more than first aid. The new name, Emergency Medical Services otherwise referred to as EMS more closely describes our duties and responsibilities.
Q: Are there age or educational requirements?
A: Sixteen years old is the minimum age to become a cadet (junior member). Don’t let their age fool you though. We currently have multiple members under the age of eighteen who have successfully completed the NJ State EMT training program and are certified provisional Emergency Medical Technicians. However, because they are under 18, these team members are supervised very closely. We have also had many retirees serve. There is no age maximum. If over the age of 18, we do require a high school diploma or equivalent.