- Who can join VCEMS? Anyone with a valid Healthcare Provider (HCP) CPR certification may join VCEMS. For individuals interested on becoming CPR/AED certified, VCEMS provides courses free of charge to prospective members who agree to take at least one shift within two months of being certified. If you are interested in joining, please follow the instructions under our Join VCEMS! page.
- How do I register for an HCP-CPR Course? VCEMS announces information regarding HCP-CPR courses through the VCEMS Mailing List and on the VCEMS Homepage. Individuals interested in registering for a course must fill out the HCP-CPR Waitlist form. The CPR Officer will contact you once there are spots available. Courses are approximately four hours in length and participants will receive an American Heart Association CPR certification upon completion.
- How can I become an EMT? Vassar College offers a yearlong Emergency Medical Technician course (INTD150/151) that meets on Monday and Thursday evenings. The course consists of lecture and skills laboratories that alternate throughout the semester. The full course description can be found in the Vassar College Course Catalog. You can also find course listings on the New York State Bureau of EMS website.
- How can I obtain reciprocity? If you have EMT-B certification in a state outside of New York, you must obtain reciprocity in order to be eligible for promotion within VCEMS. Members that do not hold NYS EMT-B certifications may still be on call, as long as they hold a valid HCP CPR certification. Instructions on applying for reciprocity can be found on the New York State Bureau of EMS website.
- Are members of VCEMS paid? The members of VCEMS are volunteers, which means that no member can be paid for any of the time they spend on-call. Members of the VCEMS Executive Board can elect to be paid for certain administrative duties, such as attendance at Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement meetings or assisting at Weekend Trainings.
- What can I do while I’m on call? Members of the VCEMS duty crew may continue any activities on campus (including sleep) while on-call, as long as it does not interfere with the member’s ability to respond to a radio dispatch (e.g., shower). Members are also required to observe the 24-hour rule: no member may consume or use any alcohol or drugs twenty-four hours prior to and during their shift.
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