Volunteer FAQs

Please review the frequently asked questions below to learn more about the volunteer application process. If you don’t see your question listed, feel free to contact us.

How many hours do I have to volunteer?

New operational volunteers must serve 40 hours each month, 36 of which are on pre-scheduled ambulance shifts. Administrative volunteers must serve 12 hours each month.

How much does the training cost?

Prospective volunteers can earn their National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification for free, as long as those who earn their NREMT volunteer with VB Rescue after finishing the internship process. This is done through a contract, in which the volunteer will agree to serve with VB Rescue for 12 months upon their release as a certified provider.

What other training is offered by VB Rescue?

Aside from our Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Academy, VB Rescue – EMS offers Advanced EMT training and various other continuing educational opportunities, including leadership courses and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

How does the scheduling process work?

VB Rescue volunteers submit their availability before each month. Once volunteers submit their availability, they will be scheduled in accordance with their available dates and staffing needs.

Can I volunteer as a college student?

Absolutely! Many of our volunteers are college students and some even go to school outside the Hampton Roads area. Members who have completed a certification program and internship to become released Attendants-in-Charge (AICs) with Virginia Beach EMS are eligible for reduced duty requirements, depending on their school’s location and program type.

How long is the EMT Academy?

Each academy meets once a week in person while all other work is completed online. Each academy lasts four-to-five months.

When are your next upcoming classes?

You can view the current emergency medical technician (EMT) academy schedule by visiting the EMT academy page.

Can I volunteer if I’m in the military?

Absolutely. Many VB Rescue volunteers are either active duty, reservist or retired military members. Volunteers are still required to attend the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) academy in person without significant interruption, but leave is offered as needed to volunteers who are in one of the service branches.

If you currently owe on a contract for your National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification and must leave due to your military obligations, the contract may be waived after orders are presented.

What if I’m already certified as an emergency medical services provider?

Volunteers who join VB Rescue with an active certification can immediately start the field internship program upon approval of their application and completion of required pre-requisites and background check processes.

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