FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE RESCUE SQUAD?
An applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
Have a high school diploma or a GED
Pass criminal and DMV background checks.
Be clean and neat in appearance.
Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties required as evidenced by a medical examination.
Be able to read, write and speak the English language.
WHAT THINGS COULD PREVENT ME FROM BECOMING A RESCUE SQUAD VOLUNTEER?
Addiction to the use of any drugs or intoxicating substances
Felony conviction for a sexual crime.
Conviction of any other act which is a felony under the laws of this State or of the United States, except that such felony is eligible for certification if within five (5) years after the date of final release no additional felonies have been committed.
Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty or good morals).
Conviction of a Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor or the Virginia State law equivalent in the last 24 months.
Conviction of a Class 3 or Class 4 misdemeanor or the Virginia State law equivalent in the last twelve (12) months.
Minus three (-3) or more points on a Virginia Drivers license or the equivalent for out of state license or the combination of such.
Conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, reckless driving or any suspension of driving privileges in the last five (5) years.
Use of 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.
Use of illegal drugs including anabolic steroids in the last twelve (12) months.
Dishonorable discharge from any military service.
Untruthful or intentional withholding of information on any application, interview or paperwork associated with the position.
Cheating on examinations or testing associated with the position.
HOW DO I BECOME A RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER?
Persons interested in joining a rescue squad in Virginia Beach can apply online at www.vbems.com/join.
Applications for rescue squad membership are submitted to and approved by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). On your application mark you want to join Davis Corner/Rescue 2.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE MY APPLICATION IS APPROVED BY EMS ADMINISTRATION?
As soon as EMS Administration has approved your application you are a member of Davis Corner Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. (or another of the ten rescue squad of your choosing).
MUST I LIVE IN VIRGINIA BEACH TO BE A VOLUNTEER WITH
DAVIS CORNER RESCUE SQUAD ?
No, members come from all over the Hampton Roads area. We have even had members with job changes return to Virginia Beach to run their duties from South Carolina and Maryland!
CAN I RUN A RIDE ALONG DUTY AS AN OBSERVER?
Yes, email our Scheduling Officer at and request to be scheduled for a ride along. An individual from Davis Corner will contact you to arrange a date.
Ride along duties run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. , a typical shift for our volunteers.
To schedule a ridealong, email
DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS OUR OBSERVER PROGRAM IS SUSPENDED. Please watch for updates.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO DO A RIDE-ALONG AS AN OBSERVER?
RIDE-ALONG OBSERVERS SHOULD WEAR:
A white tucked-in collared shirt with no logos.
A plain white undershirt or white or navy turtleneck (optional)
A dark pants (navy or black), NO jeans!
Close-toed shoes with socks.
If the weather requires a jacket or coat, wear one with no obvious logos.
HOW DO I GET TRAINING?
EMT training is provided by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services Training Division at the Fire and EMS Training Center on Virginia Beach Blvd.
When you have been approved for membership you are eligible to start the next EMT training program. There are frequent EMT classes each year with a new trial hybrid EMS course now running online!
HOW OFTEN ARE BASIC TRAINING PROGRAMS OFFERED?
Generally four to six EMT classes are held each calendar year. They are scheduled either Tuesday and Thursday evenings or Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with several all-day Saturday classes. The course runs 4½ to 5 months and leads to certification as both a National Registry and Virginia Emergency Medical Technician.DUE TO COVID THE SCHEDULE IS A BIT DIFFERENT AT THIS TIME.
HOW OFTEN ARE BASIC TRAINING PROGRAMS OFFERED?
Generally four to six EMT classes are held each calendar year. They are scheduled either Tuesday and Thursday evenings or Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with several all-day Saturday classes. The course runs 4½ to 5 months and leads to certification as both a National Registry and Virginia Emergency Medical Technician.
CAN I JOIN THE RESCUE SQUAD IF I AM ALREADY CERTIFIED AS AN EMT?
Absolutely! The application process and initial requirements are the same. You will complete several classes on Virginia Beach-specific protocols and equipment then start your orientation training program on the unit with an authorized Field Training Officer (FTO).
HOW MUCH TIME MUST I VOLUNTEER?
Once certified as an EMT members are required to run a minimum of four 12-hour duties each month. Duties are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Some exceptions are made for full-time college students on a case-by-case basis. Members should also plan to attend the monthly business meetings.
HOW ARE DUTIES ASSIGNED?
Certified members submit 6 dates they are available for duty the following month. Dates must be submitted by the 10th of the month. Four duties from those dates are selected by the Scheduling Officer. The schedule for the following month is usually available by the 21st.
CAN I JOIN THE RESCUE SQUAD AND DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF RUNNING ON THE AMBULANCE?
Yes, you can join Davis Corner as an Administrative Member if there is a position open. As such you will be assigned tasks that support the organization or you may be eligible to serve as an Administrative Officer, on committees, or help with recruitment and retention or fund raising.
DOES THE RESCUE SQUAD HAVE MEETINGS AND MUST I ATTEND THEM?
Yes and yes - at this time we have a monthly business meeting. Members should attend. Meetings usually last about an hour.
Special business, such as decisions regarding the purchase of a new ambulance or significant changes to the Bylaws, infrequently require a longer than usual business meeting or a special meeting.
DOES THE RESCUE SQUAD PROVIDE UNIFORMS?
Yes, uniform items are issued once your application is approved.
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ON THIS LIST?
Contact our Recruitment and Retention Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.