Colonie Emergency Medical Services Department...
Created in 1989, Colonie EMS has become a leader in providing medical rescue services. Serving the Capital District's second largest community, Colonie EMS responds to over 8000 emergencies a year with a staff of 50 paid and 150 volunteer members. Working with fire and police agencies, EMS personnel literally bring part of the emergency room to the field to rescue, resuscitate and stabilize the critically ill and injured utilizing state-of-the-art vehicles and equipment.
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. Along the way you'll learn lifesaving, communications and leadership skills. Plus, youll develop the type of self-confidence or right stuff that only emergency workers can experience.
What's In It for Me?...
No Experience Necessary...
New members undergo an orientation program designed to acquaint a person to our EMS operation and to satisfy required OSHA training. In addition, all new members undergo basic emergency vehicle operator driving training. Then, depending on your level of EMS certification, you start on a crew and begin the process of field training. Basic levels of qualification are:
Excellent Equipment and Facilities
Colonie EMS operates a state of the art fleet of emergency vehicles with cutting edge equipment. We respond from four stations headquarters and three satellite stations located in our community. Each satellite station has comfortable living facilities to accommodate members when they are on duty. Station locations are:
Colonie EMS is an accredited training agency for the National Safety Council, American Heart Association and New York State Department of Health. Our Training Division offers the following courses which are free to members:
Whats the Commitment?
After the orientation training, members serve a minimum of a 6 months probationary period. Once active, members are required to have a minimum of 24 duty hours each month, attend required training (roughly 9 hours per year) and maintain their EMS credentials.
The Application Process
After we receive your application * you will be invited to an information meeting to give you an overview of Colonie EMS and then schedule you for a ride-along" with one of our crews to give you a feel for our operation. Then we will interview you and if you have the time and are interested, schedule you for one of our orientation courses and start the whole process of membership.
Just call us, or send an e-mail to schedule a ride-along" with one of our crews to introduce you to Colonie EMS and the exciting field of emergency medical services.
Join Our Lifesaving Team
If you have six hours a week and are interested in becoming a member of our lifesaving team, please give us a call at (518) 782-2645 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get an application, schedule a ride-along or just talk to someone about the possibilities of membership.