We currently have 50+ volunteers; a dedicated group consisting of local residents, students enrolled at the area universities and auxiliary members from neighboring emergency units. They are tasked with the responsibility of responding to a call volume that annually averages 1300+ responses. To assist in meeting the demand, in July 2004 we hired a full-time advanced live support (ALS) provider for weekday daytime coverage. The decision was not made lightly, but was needed in order to continue to provide timely daytime response to our community. PVRS is always interested in talking to members of the community who may wish to volunteer.
Volunteering is a noble tradition in America. It is to give of oneself; to sacrifice with no expectation of reward. It is friends and neighbors helping each other in times of need.
Since 1955 the volunteers of PVRS have answered our community's call for help. Your friends...your neighbors...freely giving of themselves. Pulled away from family, from jobs, at all hours of the day and night to answer the call for help.
Our members are dedicated, but only so much can be asked of so few. We ask our community to help keep the spirit of volunteerism alive and well. Knowing you have done just one thing for a neighbor, friend or stranger in need is one of the most rewarding experiences one can ever know. Why not consider becoming a team player and find out what a heartfelt "thank you" is all about?
Types of Membership
There are four types of membership:
- Regular membership: requires that you be a permanent resident of our primary service area.
- Associate membership: does not require that you have a permanent residence within our primary service area, but you must reside within our primary service area at least 50% of each year. Most of the students of local universities who are members of PVRS have this type of membership, which allows them the flexibility to take a leave of absence when they are on vacation from school. Associate members are not permitted to vote on Constitutional matters.
- Auxiliary membership: may be obtained by those who are already members of other EMS agencies. They are not required to attend our meetings or be a member of a PVRS duty crew, but they must complete a 16-hour tour of duty each month; they are also not permitted to vote on Constitutional matters.
- Non-Operational Members: do not answer ambulance calls but may help with office work, care of the building and equipment, etc. They are not required to attend meetings or training sessions.
For information about the requirements of membership, the types of membership and the application process please view our application cover letter or send us a note.