We are a full service EMS, fire and rescue organization and we rely on our volunteers to supplement our career staff during the day and to staff our station 100% every night, every holiday and every weekend. As a volunteer, there are endless opportunities to learn the emergency response system, to participate as a member of our team, and to make a real difference in your neighborhood. We are looking for candidates to help us do our job of providing quality emergency medical, fire and rescue services to the city of Laurel and the greater Laurel community.
Worried you may not have “what it takes” to be a volunteer emergency responder?
Don’t be surprised. Many of our members were not sure when they first signed up to volunteer. Take the first step. Contact us. Speak with our Membership Committee. You’ll never know unless you try.
Our members are ordinary people…the salesclerk that waited on you at the grocery store, the IT specialist who answers your computer questions over the phone, or even the kid down the street riding his skateboard. Our members are truck drivers, security guards, nurses, health care specialists, human resource managers, life guards, students, administrative assistants and consultants to name a few. We even have a couple of rocket scientists.
There are some things that you do need to consider when you think about volunteering. Being a volunteer emergency responder (active operational) is time consuming. Our station requires our active operational membership to stay overnight in the station, one night a week, the same night every week. We also require all of our active operational members to become certified emergency medical technicians within 18 months of joining. Good news! The training is free for all volunteers. The bad news….the class is about 5 months long. It is held in the evenings for volunteers at the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute in College Park. The class is usually 3 sessions a week. Volunteering as an emergency responder also means lots of continuing education, annual training and participating in “hands on” skills sessions on a regular basis. So think…If you already have a busy schedule that makes you pull your hair out, this may not be the best time for you to decide to start volunteering with us.
You also need to know that volunteering with our station means you will have to pass a background investigation. Active operational members will also need to take a physical which includes passing an exercise stress test on a treadmill. If you decide you want to try volunteering, start walking now.
Why do our volunteers volunteer?
I guess you are asking yourself now, why go through all of this to do a job and receive no pay. Some of our members volunteer so that they can get ahead in the healthcare field. Others volunteer hoping to be hired by jurisdictional or federal fire departments. Some volunteer because they feel a need to give back to their communities. And believe it or not, some of our members just have a lot of extra free time on their hands.
There is no denying that many of our members volunteer because they enjoy developing and using their abilities to manage crisis situations. Emergencies differ from one to the next which requires expanded critical thinking. There is always something to learn, some new skill to master. Volunteering in the Fire/EMS service gives each and every volunteer a creative outlet and the chance to be extraordinary.
Volunteering can provide you with a sense of purpose. It gives you a chance to build stronger relationships and to be part of our LVRS family. Studies have shown that people who choose to volunteer are more likely to live a longer and healthier life. The greatest reward, though, is that warm feeling in your heart when you know that your actions, as a volunteer, have helped see a neighbor, or a stranger, through a very difficult time. There is no greater satisfaction. There is no greater return on your investment.
So….are you ready to talk with us about volunteering?
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