Operational volunteers stand duty and respond to emergency calls in ambulances and rescue vehicles, providing high level, professional prehospital care as Nationally Registered and Virginia State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
Administrative volunteers are non-operational integral components of our organization. They ensure finances are in order and bills are paid, medical supplies and equipment are purchased, members are scheduled for shifts, fundraisers are organized and so much more. They do not provide patient care, but are support specialists.
Operational Rescue 4 members are required to provide 48 hours a month, generally split into two 24- or four 12-hour prescheduled shifts. Members are encouraged to provide additional time to station and administration projects, run for officer positions, take leadership rolls and staff ambulances as needed or on off-hours.
Operational Candidates without current EMT certification will be required to attend our in-house, no-cost Basic Life Support (BLS) Academy held through the City of Virginia Beach Department of EMS. Successful graduates will receive their National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), Commonwealth of Virginia EMT-Basic licensure, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Control certificate and more.
Administrative Candidates will attend an orientation through VBEMS and on-the-job training with Rescue 4 leadership.
Those who successfully complete the BLS Academy, and applicants who are current EMTs, Advanced-EMTs, and Paramedics will complete an Internship. This familiarizes the member with local procedures, policy and protocols and introduces them into the organization. ALS Providers will be required to complete their Internship under Field Training Officers, then pass a board with our Medical Director.
All of our members regardless of certification level are released as Tidewater EMS Council Providers, with reciprocity throughout the local area.
Volunteering with us is a big commitment, but will be the experience of a lifetime. CBVRS provides a wealth of opportunity. You’ll stay busy and gain invaluable patient contact and care experience - we’re a large, very busy metropolitan response area. You’ll gain valuable community service hours, at least 48 a month. You’ll be able to run for and serve in leadership positions and sit on committees that organize fundraisers, design apparatus, engage with the community and so much more.
Both BLS and ALS providers are offered no cost continuing education credits, recertification assistance, advanced education (AEMT and Paramedic) and can both initially obtain and maintain a wide variety of advanced certifications including ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, TCCC and more. Select members can even become instructors through the AHA, American Red Cross, NAEMT and others as well as become EMT Proctors within our in-house Academy program.
Members also have the opportunity to join special teams, including the Bike EMS team, Marine Rescue, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), “Cart” event response team and even become SWAT Medics and Field Supervisors.
Most importantly, you’ll join a diverse family of dedicated professionals serving the community. Volunteering with us will be some of the most challenging - but rewarding - experiences of your life.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Recruitment is handled by the City of Virginia Beach Department of EMS. Applications and additional information can be found on their website:
Administrative volunteers are non-operational integral components of our organization. Help is always needed behind the scenes, from managing finances, to scheduling members to maintaining the supply and inventory of critical lifesaving supplies and equipment. Serve your community, build experience and gain a new family as an Administrative Member.
Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad is one of the ten individual organizations that make up Virginia Beach EMS. This video from City of Virginia Beach Department of EMS Chief Brazle explains how our incredibly unique system works - to the benefit of the community.
See how you can go from no medical experience to an experienced and confident Emergency Medical Technician through our in-house state and nationally accredited EMT academy.