Updated:  1 May 2018

VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD

Giving Life to Our Community

HCVRS 50th Anniversary T-Shirt 2013

MEMBERSHIP

The Highland County Volunteer Rescue Squad is an all volunteer organization that answers roughly 240-300 calls each year.  This squad is dependent on people like you to volunteer your time to provide care for those in need. Volunteering has many intangible benefits and is exceptionally rewarding for our providers as well.
 

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? YOU!

To become a member of HCVRS you need to complete a background check and interview, maintain a valid CPR certification, and submit the completed membership application.

If accepted, all members are encouraged to attend an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) within six months.  EVOC classes are offered regularly through the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) to our members. HCVRS hosts EVOC Courses annually in Highland County.

If not already certified, senior and associate members are required to be enrolled in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class within 6 months of joining.  Membership with HCVRS allows you free training for classes at various programs including EMT through Paramedic with tuition contracts upon successful completion and release as a provider with HCVRS.  Classes are regularly offered in the CSEMS Region and even online!


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Classifications for Membership




SENIOR MEMBERSHIP

Senior membership is the standard membership category for those who volunteer with our agency. Senior members complete EMT courses as well as emergency vehicle driving certification. They provide patient care during EMS incidents, operate equipment and become leaders capable of coordinating the activities of other volunteers. Senior members are typically the members who go on to hold operational and administrative leadership positions within the agency.


Requirements:                   Details:                  
Monthly Duty Requirements:
32 Hours (Full Active)

12 Hours (Part Active)

Monthly Meeting Requirements:
50%, Not missing 3 consecutive meetings (Unexcused)
Voting Privileges:
Yes
Eligible to Hold Office:
Yes (Elected) Full Active

Yes (Appointed) Part Active)







ASSOCIATE PROVIDER MEMBERSHIP



Associate Provider Membership is designed to allow a reduced time requirement for those volunteers who may work in other related positions, in the CSEMS Region such as public safety or healthcare but do not maintain HCVRS as their primary EMS agency. Associate membership must be approved by the membership and requires the applicant show that they are involved in another occupation or volunteer position that relates to EMS and that they are unable to commit to the standard time requirements. Associate Provider Members are required to complete an Affiliate Form to document they remain in good standing at their primary agency. Examples of some of our associate members include personnel from paid or volunteer fire/rescue agencies, police officers and nurses.


Requirements: Details:
Monthly Duty Requirements:
None
Monthly Meeting Requirements:
Review Monthly Meeting Minutes
Voting Privileges:
No
Eligble to Hold office:
No






ASSOCIATE EVOC MEMBERSHIP


Associate EVOC (Driver) Membership allows people who have an interest in answering calls but do not wish to become certified to provide medical care, to join the agency and still provide a vital service. Some of our driving members have previous experience as equipment operators, truck drivers or firefighters. Emergency Vehicle Operator Certification (EVOC) courses are offered free-of-charge to current members, and is highly encouraged of all operational members. While driving members are not required to provide medical care, we do expect all people on the ambulance to be familiar with equipment and basic procedures. This allows the driving members to assist medical providers in the field. Associate EVOC Members are not required to maintain active membership status and have decreased requirements.



Requirements:
Details:
Monthly Duty Requirements:
None
Monthly Meeting Requirements:
Review Monthly Meeting Minutes
Voting Privileges:
No
Eligible to Hold office:
No



SUPPORT MEMBERSHIP


‚ÄčSupport members are the people who work behind the scenes to keep our agency functioning. Support members do not answer calls but play a vital role in our success. Examples of tasks which can be performed by support members include: fundraising, book-keeping and accounting, station maintenance and communication with the public and our donors and more. Support Members can be Junior Administrative Members ages 14-21 and adults ages 18 and over.

There are no specific time requirements of support members for duty or call responses as they typically take on specific tasks, which vary in time requirement. This membership category is open to any person who wishes to volunteer but does not want to answer EMS calls. Support Members can gain excellent job experience by taking on functions in the business side of the agency such as marketing, public-relations, IT, graphic-design, fundraising and many more. If you are interested in administrative membership please submit an application and contact the Vice-President of the agency to discuss what talents and knowledge you are willing to lend to the success of our agency!



Requirements:

Details:

Monthly Duty Requirements:
None
Monthly Meeting Requirements:
50%, Not missing 3 consecutive meetings (Unexcused)
Voting Privileges:
With specified requirements
Eligible to Hold office:
With specified requirements



JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP


Junior Membership is designed for students age 14-17 who are interested in the EMS field. It is a great way to introduce a student to community service, the medical field, and non-profit groups as well as providing exposure to a number of potential career fields not limited strictly to EMS or the medical industry.

Parents/Guardians: Prior to being allowed to join, the membership chair will schedule a meeting with you and the potential member to discuss what is expected from both sides.  If you or your child have questions pertaining this membership, please email our Membership Committee Chair (
DVarner@HighlandRescue.net) and your questions will be answered as soon as possible.

There are some limits on junior members such as and not being allowed to stay late on school nights. Also junior members are not allowed to drive our vehicles and are restricted from certain call types if possible. All of this will be explained during the initial meeting with member and parent/guardian.


   Requirements:      
Details:

Monthly Duty Requirements:

Exempted during school sessions.

Monthly Meeting Requirements:

50%, Not missing 3 consecutive meetings

Voting Privileges:

None

Eligible to Hold office:

None

School Requirements:

Maintain a "C" Average or a 2.0GPA  and present copies of report card quarterly .


Our Leadership Team

The Leadership of Highland County Volunteer Rescue Squad is comprised of the County EMS Coordinator and the Volunteer Officers. The Officers are comprised of the Executive and Operational Branches. Our Officers are elected by the membership annually each December while some positions are appointed positions such as the Lieutenants, Chaplain, and the Squad's Schedule Monitor.  For our current officers and membership see the Our Membership page.