What does it take to be a member of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad?
Regular Operational Members
Regular Operational Members are members who respond primarily in our Ambulances when the call goes out. Our members range from Emergency Drivers to EMTs to Paramedics, and often cross-train into other disciplines such as Firefighter, Extrication, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and more. Members who obtain the required certifications may also assist with Swiftwater Rescue and Heavy Rescue operations. The duty requirement is one 12-hour shift per week (usually from 6pm to 6am, but may be from 6am to 6pm on Saturday or Sunday), and one rotating Saturday Night shift, from 6pm to 6am, every 6 weeks.
Special Operations Members
Our “Special Ops” folks carry certain additional certifications that allow them to operate in different, often more extreme, environments. While not specifically excluded from Ambulance duties, these members will most frequently respond with our Heavy Rescue (Rescue 617), or our Swiftwater Rescue Team (Boat 617), and include Firefighters, Swiftwater Rescue Technicians, Ice Rescue Technicians, Extrication Technicians, and more. The duty requirement is one 12-hour shift per week (usually from 6pm to 6am, but may be from 6am to 6pm on Saturday or Sunday), and one rotating Saturday Night shift, from 6pm to 6am, every 6 weeks.
For folks who may prefer to not respond to emergency calls, or maybe cannot commit to a regular shift, there is still room for you. Our Administrative members assist us with all of the “other things” required to make us successful. These items range from Membership and Recruiting to Accounting, Web Design, Snow Removal, Public Relations and more. If you are wondering what you can do, or if you have special talent, we definitely have a spot for you!
When you are ready to apply, click here to go to our online application!