VolunteerWe need you.
The demands on our volunteers have grown over the years and the need for additional members has grown along with it. The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad responds to more than 14,000 calls each year; that means about one-third of the calls run in Virginia Beach are handled by our squad.
We have two types of members: operational and support. Operational members, from EMT to paramedic, commit to the same training and certifications as professionals, and agree to serve 48 hours a month. Training is offered through the city for free, but members are then expected to run with us for a minimum of one year.
Support members commit to serving 12 hours a month in different capacities, including office, facility, fund drive, and special event work.
New members are the lifeblood of our organization.
- Our mentoring program supports and guides new members as they work their way up the ladder of success.
- Members are provided uniforms, jackets and other items.
- Business meetings are the second Monday of most months, and dinner is provided to all members in attendance.
- We support the families of members through social functions such as barbecues, children’s parties, and family picnics.
Join us today.
If you are at least 18 years old and interested in joining the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, it’s so easy to join! Just complete the streamlined Online Application, and you should hear back within two working days!
Under 18? Join Explorer Post 800, Jr. EMT.
You can start early by joining Explorer Post 800, Jr. EMT, the next generation of Rescue Squad volunteers. Ages 11 (or completed fifth grade) to 18 are invited to join the Post and be introduced to the fascinating world of emergency medicine. Post Members will learn many of the skills that we use every day on the ambulance.
Want to be an observer?
If you want to experience what it’s like to be part of our duty crew, you can sign up as an observer.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Here in Virginia Beach, our volunteer crews are extraordinary, and we are lucky to have such generous, concerned citizens. Besides the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and the other nine squads in the city, Virginia Beach has Special Operations Teams of volunteers. They include:
- Bike Medic Team
- Squad Truck Team
- Search and Rescue Team
- Marine Rescue Team
- SWAT Tactical Medical and Rescue Response
- Volunteer Duty Field Supervisor Team
Support The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Every dollar counts.
You can be the difference that allows us to have the life-saving equipment and supplies we need to answer every cry for help.
Our Fund Drive continues!
Equipment. Medical supplies. Ambulances. Member needs. Community education. Help us answer the call with the things we need by supporting your Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. As partners for life—together—we can keep our community safe.
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Join us. We need you.
Help us help others. And see what a difference it makes in your own life. Start the process by filling out the online application.
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