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We need you.

The demands on our volunteers have grown over the years and the need for additional members has grown along with it. The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad responds to more than 13,000 calls each year; that means about one-third of the calls run in Virginia Beach are handled by our squad.

We have two types of members: operational and support. Operational members, from EMT to paramedic, commit to the same training and certifications as professionals, and agree to serve 48 hours a month. Training is offered through the city for free, but members are then expected to run with us for a minimum of two years.

Support members commit to serving 12 hours a month in different capacities, including office, facility, fund drive, and special event work.

New members are the lifeblood of our organization.

  • Our mentoring program supports and guides new members as they work their way up the ladder of success.
  • Members are provided uniforms, jackets and other items.
  • Business meetings are the second Monday of most months, and dinner is provided to all members in attendance.
  • We contribute to the Volunteer Firefighter & Rescue Squad Workers Service Award Fund [VOLSAP] on behalf of each member of our squad.
  • We support the families of members through social functions such as barbecues, children’s parties, and family picnics.

Join us today.

If you are at least 18 years old and interested in joining the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, it’s so easy to join! Just complete the streamlined Online Application, and you should hear back within two working days!

Under 18? Join Explorer Post 800, Jr. EMT.

You can start early by joining Explorer Post 800, Jr. EMT, the next generation of Rescue Squad volunteers. Ages 11 (or completed fifth grade) to 18 are invited to join the Post and be introduced to the fascinating world of emergency medicine. Post Members will learn many of the skills that we use every day on the ambulance.

Visit explorerpost800.com for more details or contact Jay Kerr at (757) 464-0594, Ext. 701




Want to be an observer?

If you want to experience what it’s like to be part of our duty crew, you can sign up as an observer. Here’s what you need to know:

Observer Requirements:

  • Observers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Observers must be neatly attired, have on closed-toed shoes (i.e. no sandals, flip flops, etc.), and wear a collared shirt or blouse and dark or khaki trousers/shorts. Jeans, t-shirts with messages or advertising, ball caps, etc. are prohibited.
  • The “Observer Badge” must be worn and clearly visible at all times.
  • Except when patient care dictates, the observer cannot ride in the front cab seat.
  • The observer cannot render patient care, talk on the radio, drive an EMS vehicle, help lift or move the patient, or participate in any activities, other than observing.
  • AICs will instruct observers in safety procedures, including the use of street safety vests.
  • AICs will advise observers that any patient information they learn must be kept confidential; no photography of any sort is permitted.
  • If necessary, the AIC, Squad Officer or higher EMS Officer may remove the observer from the rescue vehicle and terminate the observation.

Observer Approval Procedures:

  • Approval to ride as an observer must be obtained at least 24 hours in advance.
  • An Observer Approval and Release Form must be signed. A copy of the observer’s driver’s license or other photo ID must be attached to the release form when submitted for approval.

To schedule an Observer duty, contact the EMS Admin department at (757) 385-1999.

For more, watch this video about what you can expect as an observer.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Here in Virginia Beach, our volunteer crews are extraordinary, and we are lucky to have such generous, concerned citizens. Besides the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and the other nine squads in the city, Virginia Beach has Special Operations Teams of volunteers. They include:

  • Bike Medic Team
  • Squad Truck Team
  • Search and Rescue Team
  • Marine Rescue Team
  • SWAT Tactical Medical and Rescue Response
  • Volunteer Duty Field Supervisor Team

For more information about them, click here.