We offer three categories of membership. Not sure which type of membership is right for you?
We are a nearly 70-year community tradition providing overnight EMS coverage 365 days a year. Meet the people that make that possible.
We are looking for local heroes. Could you be one? Join and learn how to save a life. Training is provided free of charge.
Do you want to go on emergency medical calls and learn to operate an ambulance?
Do you want to obtain your EMT certification, provide patient care, and learn to run emergency calls?
Are you a high-school student looking to help your community and learn more about healthcare systems?
Angel is a 25-year-old Watchung resident and current Captain of the Squad, who joined in 2016.
When describing his passion for volunteer EMS, Angel explains that it goes beyond the desire to help other people: “I needed a boost in my life and wanted to be involved in something bigger than me that I can be proud of at the end of every day of my life. I love telling people I do this voluntarily and seeing that their impression of me changes instantly.”
You too can help your community and become a part of something bigger than yourself. Join Angel and the members of the Watchung Rescue Squad today.
Drivers ride on the ambulance and participate in Emergency Medical calls for one 12-hour regularly scheduled shift per week.
The only requirements to apply as a driver member are:
To join they should first fill out an application and identify times they are available to ride a duty shift on the squad. After an interview, an applicant may be asked to join the squad. Once accepted, participants are assigned a crew to ride with and begin probationary training.
Drivers must become familiar with Squad equipment and procedures as well as radio protocols. Drivers will be expected to obtain CPR certification before they are able to drive the ambulance, this can be provided by the Squad.
Active members (or EMTs) ride on the ambulance, participate in Emergency Medical calls, operate the ambulance and radio, and provide patient care for one 12-hour regularly scheduled shift per week.
The only requirements to apply as an active member are:
To join as an active member, they should first fill out an application and identify times they are available to ride a duty shift on the squad. After an interview, an applicant may be asked to join the squad. Once accepted, participants are assigned a crew to ride with and begin probationary training.
New volunteers must receive training in CPR, Squad equipment and procedure and other classes mandated by the state of New Jersey. Volunteers in this membership category are expected to obtain their EMT certification within one year of joining the Squad.
The purpose of the cadet program is to provide high-school students with the dual opportunity to help their community and to learn more about healthcare systems. High school students who are at least sixteen years of age are eligible to join the squad and assist in emergency calls.
Cadets are expected to attend training sessions, participate in cadet meetings and squad activities, and serve on a 4-hour regularly scheduled crew shift once each week. Cadets are also expected to obtain their EMT certification within one year of joining the Squad.
This is a great opportunity for students considering pursuing a career in healthcare!
10 Stirling Road, Watchung, New Jersey 07069, United States