166 Burlington Road
Harwinton, CT 06791
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As a volunteer Ambulance Service we are always in search of new members who are willing to help serve our community. Our membership consists of both residents of the Town of Harwinton and out of town members who are willing to donate their time.
It is our policy to send any prospective member through the necessary training to certify them as EMS responders. New members are not responsible for the cost of the training as long as they agree to be placed on the shift schedule.
In addition to our medical response personnel, we are also need members who can serve in a support capacity to the organization. These positions do not respond to emergency incidents, rather they involve administrative, fundraising and support functions. Even if you don’t see a spot below that fits you perfectly, if you have the time and interest to volunteer please let us know as there are many ways you can do so. We also encourage younger members of our community to volunteer through our Ambulance Explorer Program.
We utilize two different types of response personnel on our team:
Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) – This is the basic level of training for EMS responders. The training consists of a 48 hour class typically taught over a period of two months. Duties include:
• Driving the ambulance
• Assisting EMTs in patient care
• Setting up equipment
• Act as a first responder to stabilize patient until the arrival of the ambulance
Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMTB) – This is the most common level of care provided by EMS responders and is the next step above EMRs. The training consists of a 160 hour class spread over 3-4 months. If you have previously trained the EMR level there is a shorter bridge class to bring you up to the EMTB level. Responsibilities Include:
• All duties outlined above in the EMR description
• Administer medications such as Naloxone for opiod overdoses and an EpiPen for allergic reactions.
• Administer Aspirin under medical control protocols
• Place cervical collars on patients and backboard them
• Increased diagnostic skills and patient care abilities over the EMR level
The ambulance is always looking for help from individuals who do not have a desire to participate directly in EMS responses. As a non-profit ambulance service we have plenty of other opportunities for participation on the “business” side of our operation. Individuals with a background in finance, auto mechanics, building and grounds maintenance, event planning, information technologies (IT) and web design to name a few. Even if you don’t have experience in these areas you can still volunteer. Just let us know you are interested in volunteering and we can always find a spot for you.
If you are interested in joining our family please let us know by calling us at 860-485-0544, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the form below. Our membership chair will forward you a copy of our application for you to fill out and submit.