Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  Cary Area EMS currently has five 911 ambulances in service, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. We staff our ambulances with full-time, casual-time, and volunteer members. In order to apply to volunteer, you must first have a current EMT certification.

Volunteers at Cary Area EMS during one of our training nights.

Volunteering in EMS is an exciting way to gain experience if you are considering a career in EMS, or anywhere else in the healthcare field. Cary Area EMS responds to over 19,000 calls for service per year, and sees a wide variety of patients and situations. Volunteers are expected to uphold the same guidelines, protocols, and procedures as paid staff, and it would be difficult to tell a volunteer from a paid staff member.

If you already have an EMT certification, you may complete an application (see below to submit online).  Along with a completed application, you will need to provide a copy of your EMT certification and resume. These will need to be uploaded online when you fill out the application.

Once we have that information, a panel interview will take place to make sure that you understand the time commitment involved with volunteering, the environment of Cary Area EMS, and you can ask any questions you may have.  There is no clinical component to the interview.  The best thing you can do to prepare is to come and ride as an observer, and tell the crews you ride with that you are applying to volunteer.  An interview and orientation process for new volunteers occurs approximately every 4-5 months.

New volunteers self-schedule and are required to work a minimum of five 12-hour shifts per month. The more you are able to ride, the faster you will complete the training. Once you move from “3rd Person” status to “2nd Person” status, you will be able to staff an ambulance with a paramedic partner, and you will still be responsible for five shifts a month, at least one of which needs to be a weekend shift.  In addition to your shifts, you should attend one of the two business meetings (January & July) as well as training meetings, which are held the second Monday night of each month. The total number of hours, including meetings, ends up being approximately 65 hours per month.

You will also need to have your Hepatitis B vaccination or records of same. If you have not had the vaccination series, you can get it through your personal physician, or you may start the process through the Wake County Health Department. 

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If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact:

Christian Heinrich, Division Chief, Cary Area EMS
(919) 380-6909
cheinrich@caryems.com