The Chester First Aid Squad is always seeking willing
candidates to fill our roles. We currently enjoy a diverse cross section of
membership. Some of our members are professional EMT’s or Paramedics, business
executives, students, retirees, stay at home parents, etc. We have several
different types of membership categories:
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): These members complete
an intensive New Jersey EMT-Basic course and their primary role is to respond
to emergency calls and render care. NJ OEMS recently increased the hours of the
course to approximately 220.
Emergency Responder: These members are trained in basic
pre-hospital care and their primary role is to initiate care and support the
EMT’s in caring for patients.
Driver: These members are trained in ambulance operations
and maneuvers as well as CPR. Although their primary role is to drive, they
also assist the EMT’s with lifting and moving patients as needed.
Cadet: These members are between the ages of 16-18 and must
enroll in and complete a NJ EMT-Basic course.
For those that are interested in a start in the medical
field, the Chester First Aid Squad can be a great jumping off point. We have
several past members who are now paramedics, nurses and doctors.
Associate: These are members who do not participate in the
response to emergency calls, but rather provide behind the scenes support,
either helping to maintain the building and grounds, or providing
Administrative support to the organization.
Approved training for operational members is provided at no
cost, through the NJ State EMT Training Fund and the squads own training funds.
We simply ask for a minimum two year commitment.
Clearly, the single most important benefit to membership is
the feeling of satisfaction you get, knowing you have helped someone on what
may be the worst day of their life.
"Oh you're an EMT, that's cool. I wanted to do that
when I was a kid. What do you make?"
"What do I make? I make holding your hand seem like
the biggest thing in the world when you’re being cut out of a twisted car in
the middle of the night. I make those annoying sirens sound like angels coming
when you’re watching your loved one suffer. I make your child breathe when they
stop. I make surviving a heart attack more likely. I make my way to your house
in the worst weather imaginable when you call for help. I make myself get out
of bed at 3am and risk my life to save people I have never met. Today I might
make the ultimate sacrifice to save your life. I make a difference. What do you
Other benefits include tuition reimbursement at County
College of Morris, full workers compensation and liability insurance, and LOSAP
(length of service awards program) which provides a certain amount of money per year
deposited in a tax deferred income account for each member who earns the
required number of points.
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