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First, get educated.

Here’s your chance to join perhaps the biggest and, in our opinion, best volunteer rescue squad in the country. We welcome already-certified volunteers, as well as those eager to learn. Virginia Beach has a comprehensive training program for pre-hospital emergency medicine. In fact, when you take the EMT course through the city at the Fire & EMS Training Center, it’s absolutely free with a commitment of two years of volunteering. The Training Center also provides regular opportunities to get continuing education units.

Virginia Beach Fire & EMS Training Center
927 South Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-2970

For more information about the training process, call Virginia Beach EMS at (757) 385-2911.

Area community colleges and other sources also offer emergency medicine classes. Click a link below for more information.

Second, complete the internship program.

The Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services requires that any member functioning as an Ambulance Attendant-in-Charge (AIC) completes a formal internship program prior to being released to function independently. Procedures and requirements include:

  • BLS Certification and Class Requirements, including
    • Bloodborne Pathogens (required to ride as an Intern)
    • ICS100
    • ICS 200
    • ICS 700
    • ICS 800
    • Hazmat Awareness
  • Field Internship
    • Orientation Attendance
    • Scheduling
    • Evaluations (completed for every duty and forwarded to the department AIC Coordinator and the VBVRS Training Officer)
    • Qualification Timeline Goal (typically 12 duties/three months; all interns are expected to be qualified within six months)
    • Remediation as necessary
  • Release to Function Independently
  • Supervision (Administrative/Squad and Operational/Field)

For more information on the policies, procedures, rules, regulations and protocols of the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services, click here.

Third, run duties as an AIC and proud member of VBVRS.

While you have been interning and running duties as a “third” on the duty crews, you have also been going through our squad’s membership process. It works like this:

  1. Choose the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad during the application process or afterwards.
  2. Get trained if you’re not already certified.
  3. You will be invited to a VBVRS Membership Committee meeting where committee members will have the opportunity to vote you in as a probationary member of our squad.
  4. Run duties, attend monthly Business meetings, and strengthen relationships as a probationary member for a minimum of six months and your release as an AIC.
  5. Be voted into the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad as a full voting member. Congratulations!

For more information about the VBVRS membership process, contact the Captain of Administration.