We almost always need new members; if you are at all interested in supporting the Squad by becoming a member, read through our FAQs by clicking on them and email us to arrange a chat and a tour of the building.

How often will I be on duty?

Each crew works one evening/night per week and 36 daytime weekend hours per quarter. The evening/night shifts are from 6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 6am. Members are asked to keep their radios or pagers (which we supply) on at other times in case additional crews are needed.

Shifts can be flexible when it is necessary. If someone cannot be in town until 10pm, it is possible for that person to have a shift that starts a bit later. If someone needs to leave early for work, it is possible to accommodate a shift that ends earlier than 6am.

Non-EMT members may be asked to work a half-shift. That is, rather than riding every week, they may split their shift with another member to ride every-other week. Alternatively, they can split the shift so that each rides half of the night.

Can I pick which night I will ride?

Yes. The scheduling officer will work with you to find a night that is convenient for you.

Do I have to stay at the squad building when I am on duty?

No. At 8pm on your night assignment, you come to the building to check that the ambulance is fully stocked, something we call “rig check” and have a short training session with your crew. After that, you only need to remain in town with your pager. You can sleep in your own bed. Some members choose to sleep at the squad building during their duty shifts, especially when the weather is bad enough to delay a response from home.

Will I lose a lot of sleep when I am on duty?

That depends on what you call “a lot”. Most calls occur in the evening before everyone goes to sleep. However, occasionally some calls occur very late at night or early in the morning.

Do I have to be a citizen?

No. There is an application process that involves personal references, a fingerprinting check, and a criminal background check, but citizenship and employment status are not issues for membership.

Am I too old to become a riding member?

You cannot be too old as long as you are physically and mentally fit enough to ride. Riding members range from 16 to 65 with many becoming EMTs in their 40s and 50s. We also have a good number of people in their 20s and 30s.

What if I have to travel for work or for vacation?

We understand. We just ask that you find another member to cover your shift. Fortunately, there are enough riding members at this time to make that fairly easy.

How soon will I be able to ride on the ambulance?

There is a minimum amount of training you will need that the squad provides— CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens & two brief online courses required by the Federal Government regarding the Incident Command System. You will also need to show proof of having been vaccinated against Hepatitis (free at the hospital if you have not received it). At this point, you will be able to ride as a Trainee on the Squad ambulance. As you get more experienced, the squad will encourage you to take a class to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) as soon as possible. More experienced members will work with you as you learn throughout this process.

How long does it take to become an EMT?

EMT classes involve about 230-270 hours of training and practical instruction. They typically run for 16-18 hours of weekly instruction for 4 months. A variety of flexible schedules for taking these classes are available throughout the year. However, attendance at all classes during this 4 month period is required. At the end of the program, you must pass a NJ State exam to become a state certified EMT.

Your training does not stop there (assuming you love it and want to learn more). There are hundreds of hours of additional training offered to EMTs to enhance their skills. Maintaining your EMT status requires a modest amount of continuing education. Most classes are offered during evenings and weekends.

What will all of this cost me?

Nothing. All EMT training is free. You will be provided with a pager, a radio (once you are an EMT) and a uniform.

Why do people volunteer for the rescue squad?

Everyone has their own reason for joining the rescue squad. Among them are:

  • A commitment to community service
  • To learn something completely different from one's job
  • For the camaraderie of other squad members
  • To be trained on how to cope with medical/trauma emergencies
  • To verify aptitude and interest in the medical field
  • To become a more interesting person

  • What kinds of things will I learn as an EMT?

    Basic EMT training includes:

  • EMT responsibilities, EMS legal issues, and medical protocols
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Human anatomy
  • Airway management
  • Non-traumatic emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Allergic reactions, poisoning, altered mental status
  • Behavioral emergencies
  • Obstetrics
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Ambulance operations
  • and much, much more

  • Do I get paid?

    No. This is a unpaid, volunteer organization. However, we do have what's called the “Length of Service Awards Program” (LOSAP). This is a program that rewards squad members for their community service. The township provides a small, tax-deferred contribution to a retirement fund for each member meeting or exceeding a certain amount of volunteer work each year.

    What If I'm Not An Adult?

    We have a Cadet member program for Squad members aged 15 to 22.

    More details on the Squad Cadet Program can be found here.

    OK, I'm interested. What's next?

    To move forward with membership, See here