In order to be a full member of the Wood-Ridge Emergency Squad, you must be at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, you may still join the Fire Department as a Junior and ride as many ambulance calls as you would like.
You do not have to have any specialized training to Join our department, although already having your EMT certification is a plus it is certainly not required! Once you join, you will have to complete EMT school within one year (your probationary year) in order to move on to being a full fledged member. You will also be provided with a CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) class for the BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider which is the minimum requirement for any member on our Department that rides the ambulance. You will also be afforded the option to join both the Fire Department and Emergency Squad (known as Fire/EMS members) and be able to actively participate in Fire Calls provided you attend Fire School.
Maintaining Membership Status
In order to be considered a Member in good standing, which is required for Voting and remaining on the department, you must successfully complete no less than 9 months of Duty Crew requirements. The requirements can be found on the incentive page which explains how to qualify for the incentive program. In short, you must complete a minimum of 12 six hour shifts per Month for 9 months out of the year. Life happens, and we understand that, so we have included a 3 month buffer to ensure that members are able to have flexibility if life events, or anything else, prevent them from completing their shift requirement.