UVM Rescue staffs our ambulances with at minimum a Crew Chief and a Driver. Crew Chiefs are responsible for the leading patient care and crew safety on calls. All UVM Rescue Crew Chiefs are Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, ensuring that we run Advanced Life Support crews on every call. Drivers are responsible for knowing the fastest and most efficient route for call locations in addition to the safe maneuvering of the ambulance and assisting with patient care on-scene. Our crews usually are complete with two more members, a Third and a Fourth, who aid in patient care.
Behind the scenes, we have 9 officers who deal with the administrative responsibilities of being a non – profit, student – run, volunteer ambulance service. Our officer positions include the Director of Operations, Training Officer, two Financial Officers, Public Relations Officer, Equipment Officer, Vehicle Officer, and two Personnel Officers.
At UVM Rescue, we take pride in our extensive training programs that allow us, as volunteers and primarily undergraduate students, to be held accountable to the same standards as other full – time professionals in our district. Every member on UVM Rescue completes a 14-week probationary period where they constantly train and test their EMS skills, medical knowledge, and the ability to work effectively within a team of providers. Once one’s probationary phase is completed, training continues as our members continue to immerse themselves and practice their skills and knowledge. Members may also decide to go through more training to become a Crew Chief, Driver, or both. On average, becoming a driver requires another four to five months of training, and becoming a Crew Chief takes nine to twelve months. Continued education is also achieved through our regular squad trainings, where we practice working together to learn new medical tools, practices, and procedures.
To apply to UVM Rescue, a prospective member must first attend an interest meeting. These are informal gatherings with some of our current members that allow applicants to understand better who we are and what we do.After an interest meeting, one completes two interviews with our Personnel Officers and additional UVM Rescue members. Following the completion of the interview process, prospective applicants should receive a decision within two weeks.
With the easing of COVID – 19 restrictions, UVM Rescue hopes to resume our old processes of observation hours. Observation hours are essentially an interest meeting with the additive of being able to “ride along” on 911 calls. Our goal is to have this program back up with the resumption of classes in fall 2021. Applicants will then be required to complete five observation hours prior to filling out an application and undergoing the interview process.