EMTs can work either paid or as a volunteer. Although volunteer EMTs are more common in small towns and cities, becoming an EMT volunteer will allow you to gain valuable experience as an EMT and discover many EMT volunteering opportunities.
Some Reasons to Become an EMT Volunteer
Volunteer EMT is an important job for most and there are many reasons for volunteering. A good reason is if you want to advance your career and use EMT volunteering as one of the important steps as others have done. You will gain valuable real life experience as an EMT. Others consider it exciting and fulfilling to give back to their communities.
There are also some other great benefits available to an EMT volunteer. If you want to advance your career, you can have some free classes at some universities. You can also have continuing education courses tuition dollars for your re-certification as an EMT. Also sometimes you’ll work on standby and get free admission to sporting and social events. Be sure to check your local organization for other benefits as it can vary from place to place. You can try the Volunteer EMS site to find one near you.
Becoming a Volunteer EMT
Remember only certified EMTs can work so you must complete an EMT training program either in your community college or somewhere else. Completing the EMT Basic training and becoming an EMT Basic should be enough for you to volunteer.
You then get find where you can volunteer. Contact hospitals, ambulance companies, and the fire department in your area that are looking for volunteer EMTs. You can also use the Volunteer Match site to find one online. Get the requirements, the number of hours and shifts available, and the schedule. Then all you need is fill out the application form of your chosen organization.
After you’ve had enough experience, it will be easier to become a paid EMT or advance in the field of EMS.