Volunteer Application Process

If you have any questions about membership requirements, please call us at (757) 385-1999.  We look forward to having you onboard as a member of the Virginia Beach EMS team.

① Review membership requirements

Before completing an application, please review the Membership Requirements page. These are legal and policy mandates which form the first step in the screening process. Additional links provide information regarding duty, training and performance expectations for all EMS and rescue squad volunteers.

② Submit Your Application

To apply, simply click the Join Now link and submit your application.

We will contact you after reviewing your initial application to schedule a meeting with one of our membership coordinators. You should hear from us via email within 2 business days after you submit your application.

③ Meet With a Membership Coordinator

Meet with a membership coordinator to review your application and any questions you may have about volunteering with Virginia Beach EMS. At this session, you will complete additional paperwork including criminal background and driving history forms. You will also be provided instructions regarding medical screening. If you already have Virginia EMS certification, please bring copies of your EMT certification, CPR card, EVOC card and any other related EMS credentials to this meeting.

④ Background Checks

Applicants must complete the background and medical paperwork. You can download the physical screening from our website in advance, or you can wait until you meet with a membership coordinator before seeing a doctor.

⑤ Approval by the Department of EMS

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis throughout the year. Membership approval typically takes 4-6 weeks. The faster you complete the required forms and background checks, the faster the process will move.

⑥ Recruit Status

Approved applicants will be notified in writing. Once approved, a membership coordinator will contact each recruit to register for training courses and start getting involved. In addition, approved applications will be forwarded to the individual rescue squads.

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