Have You Ever Witnessed A Medical Emergency And Wanted To Help But Didn’t Know How? The First Step Is Wanting To Help… The Next Step Is Letting Us Help You Do It.
You too can join with dedicated members of our community…your neighbors, to help ANSWER THE CALL in our community as an EMS First Responder.
PLEASE HELP US HELP THE COMMUNITY. PLEASE BECOME AN EMS VOLUNTEER
We're Looking for People Who Care...
Being an EMS volunteer requires commitment and a willingness to meet the challenges of saving lives and caring for people in our community in times of crisis. We’re looking for Adult Corps and Youth Division riding members as well as members of the community who would like to assist in an Administrative or Training Division capacity. Our critical need is for riding crew members. As a riding member, along the way you'll learn lifesaving, communications and leadership skills. Plus, you’ll develop the type of self-confidence, compassion and emergency preparedness that only emergency workers can experience and you’ll find yourself making a real difference in people’s lives.
No Experience Necessary...
WE WILL TRAIN YOU. New members undergo an orientation program designed to acquaint a person to our EMS operation, equipment and to satisfy required OSHA and HIPPA training. In addition, all new members receive basic training in first aid, professional rescuer CPR and automated external defibrillation. Volunteers interested in becoming a Corps Driver receive basic emergency vehicle operator driving training. Trainees then ride on the ambulance as a vital part of the ambulance crew to gain field training experience. Trainee Crew Members that are interested in pursuing more knowledge and training in the emergency medical services field are offered free New York State Department of Health EMS Training as Certified First Responders or Emergency Medical Technicians. The vital need of the Corps and Community is to have our responders trained as Drivers and EMTs to form our crews. Corps members are also continually provided with continuing education through our Training Division and other EMS Training organizations in the County and State.
We understand “free time” these days is at a premium so our training and scheduling is flexible, allowing for members to pick hours and shifts that are convenient for them, day or night, during the week and/or on weekends. Many of our members do manage to volunteer for other community organizations while still giving time as an emergency responder with SOAC. We ask that you please plan on volunteering a minimum total of 12 hours a month to help keep our ambulances staffed. If you have more time to offer… we’ll take it! A small amount of your time can make a life saving difference.
Excellent Equipment, Facilities and even some Perks…
South Orangetown Ambulance Corps EMS operates a “state of the art” fleet of emergency vehicles with cutting edge equipment. We respond from our newly refurbished and constructed, EMS Headquarters and Training Center in Tappan. The biggest benefit of membership in the Corps is the ability to help a neighbor or stranger in their greatest time of need and the sense of accomplishment and self satisfaction when they turn to you to say “THANK YOU”. The Corps is a big family where life long friendships are built and you work side by side with fellow members who share the same willingness and dedication to help care for our community.
South Orangetown Ambulance has recognized the significant contributions our volunteers make to our organization and to our community. We have many members who go above and beyond the minimum that we expect of our members and as an incentive to them and as a token of gratitude, our members receive a few ‘perks’ for their service. SOAC provides its members with:
- Paid Educational Conference Opportunities
- Building Use for Special Personal Events
- A Pension Program
- Advantages of our Corps Incentive and Appreciation Program and SOAC STORE
- New In Headquarters Fitness Room and Equipment
- Wide Variety of Social Activities, including SOAC Softball and Bowling Teams, Summer BBQ’s, Golf Outings, Vermont Winter Weekend Ski Trip, Holiday Gatherings, Member Recognition Dinner and More…
- Members are also entitled to Property Tax Reductions, Orangetown Golf Pass, and Merchant Discounts through Rockland County’s Volunteer Incentive Program
Join Our Lifesaving Team…
We encourage you to learn more about us and the possibilities of becoming a member.
Please download a PDF of the application by clicking below. You can also contact our membership committee by calling 845-359-3030 or by email to Membership@SOACEMS.org. We welcome you to also stop by our Headquarters the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm or by appointment to learn more about us. Completed applications can be returned by mail to The South Orangetown Ambulance Corps, 70 Independence Avenue, Tappan, NY 10983, or by faxing the form to 845-359-2694, attention Membership.
You will be invited to an information meeting with our membership committee so we can provide you with an overview of SOAC, give you a tour of our facility, let you check out our vehicles and equipment, have you meet some of your neighbors and answer questions you may have. We’ll explain the steps required to become a riding crew member and/or driver. Upon completion of the application and a background check, we’ll assist you in scheduling the necessary physical and basic orientation training so you can begin to answer the call as a part of a crew.
We hope you’ll recognize that you too can gain the knowledge and have the ability to make a life saving difference in our community. Please explore becoming a member of SOAC and our community’s emergency response system. Contact us now. We look forward to hearing from you.
Download our Membership Application