Membership Requirements and Disqualifiers

Thank you for your interest in Virginia Beach EMS and our volunteer rescue squads!  Our EMTs are entrusted with tremendous responsibilities.  They must be able to safely operate emergency vehicles, provide patient care in the pre-hospital environment, and treat all patients with dignity, respect and compassion.

All members must meet the set of minimum requirements below in order to be a part of our rescue squad team.

Minimum Requirements for Membership

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be a high school graduate or hold a GED.
  3. Possess a valid driver’s license (for Support Volunteers, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis).
  4. Complete a membership application.
  5. Satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, which includes fingerprinting.
  6. Have a good driving record.
  7. Complete a medical exam screening.

EMS Disqualifiers

All applicants must complete a background and driving records investigation, including fingerprinting, DMV records check (Virginia and other states), along with state and federal background checks.  If any of the below statements apply to you, you may be disqualified from joining VBEMS.  We do review each application and are happy to discuss your particular situation.  Please call us at (757) 385-1999 and speak with one of our membership coordinators.

Criminal History

  • Convicted of any crime, felony or misdemeanor, involving sexual misconduct.
  • Convicted of felonies involving sexual or physical abuse of children, the elderly, or infirmed, or, misconduct with a child, making or distributing child pornography or sexual display, incest involving a child, or assault on an elderly or infirmed person, or, any felony involving sexual misconduct where the consent is an element of the crime, such as forcible rape.
  • Convicted of any crime in which the victim is an out-of-hospital patient or a resident of a healthcare facility including abuse, neglect, theft or financial exploitation of a person entrusted to the care or protection of the applicant.
  • Convicted of serious crimes of violence against persons such as an assault or battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery, murder or attempted murder, manslaughter except involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, robbery of any degree, or arson.
  • Convicted of serious crimes against property, such as grand larceny, embezzlement, or insurance fraud.
  • Convicted of any felony, misdemeanor or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes involving lying, stealing or cheating).
  • Convicted of a Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor or the Virginia State law equivalent in the last 3 years.

Driving Record

  • Convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, hit and run, or operating a vehicle on a suspended (Administrative suspension will be separately evaluated) or revoked license.
  • All other driver’s license transcripts (Virginia and out-of-state) will be reviewed to determine eligibility, those with -6 or more points will receive greater scrutiny.

Illegal Drug Use

  • Used illegal drugs including anabolic steroids in the last twelve (12) months.
  • Convicted, within the last 5 years, of any crime involving controlled substances or synthetics, including unlawful possession or distribution or intent to distribute unlawfully any drugs as defined by the Virginia Drug Control Act (54.1-3400 seq. of the Code of Virginia).
  • Used Cocaine, LSD, PCP, or any other type of hallucinogenic drug in the last five (5) years or any history of flashbacks or adverse reactions related to such use.

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