Any questions or comments can be sent to our Membership Chair, Paul Aanestad, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2017 VTRS Application Process
Campus Recruitment – August 30th through September 8th
Phase I – Mandatory Information Session
For your application to be considered, you must attend one information session. Sessions will be held on September 10, 2017 and from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM or 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at our station. During this session, you will learn about the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad and be given a tour of our station. This is a time for questions you may have about the application as well as the probationary member process. If you are unable to make it to either one of the information sessions please contact our Membership Chair via email as listed above.
Phase II – Online Application
Fill out the application for membership. The completed application is due by September 13, 2017 at 11:59pm.
Application Instructions: The application takes about 40 minutes to complete. Please complete the application in one sitting or keep the tab open for later. If you have any questions or issues, feel free to contact us.
Phase III – Pre-Probate Week (September 10th through September 13th)
You must spend a minimum of 6 hours at the station to sign up for an interview. During this time at the station you will get to know the members, practice the skill of back boarding, and be introduced to ambulance equipment.
Phase IV – Interview (September 14th, 15th, and 16th)
Once you have completed 6 hours at the station, you will be considered for an invitation for an interview. Interviews will be held on September 14th, 15th, and 16th at the Virginia Tech Inn and Skelton Conference Center in the Huckelberry Conference Room. Attire is business professional. Each interview slot is 15 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your interview.
Membership committee will be calling applicants to inform them of their application status on September 17th between 8am -10 am.
Phase V – Probationary Period (September 17th – December 3rd)
If you accept an offer to be a probationary member, your first probate meeting will be held on Sunday, September 17th at noon. Following your first meeting, all of membership, including probates, will attend a business meeting at 7:00pm. This first day will be busy with paperwork and uniform organization. Expect that most of your afternoon will be spent at the station.
Probationary classes usually range from five to fifteen individuals, based on need at the time. The probationary process runs for twelve weeks. It is designed to educate probates about our agency, emergency medical services, and ensure it is a commitment you are wanting to make.
During the probationary period, all candidates will become an integral part of an emergency care team. Near the end of the probationary period, the membership committee will meet with each of the probationary members. At the last business meeting, the committee will present its recommendation to general membership regarding each candidate’s membership status. Once approved by the membership, the probationary member becomes a full active member, with all responsibilities and privileges as such.
Every VTRS member is required to pull a share of the duty:
First Run Duty
Also known as night duty, shifts cover from 1730 hrs until 0730 hrs Sunday through Thursday. Each member is assigned to a First Run shift one night every other week. In addition the weekends are assigned on a rotating basis. First Run crews provide an immediate response to 911 calls. In addition the weekends are assigned on a rotating basis. First Run crews provide an immediate response to 911 calls.
Also known as Second Run duty, night backup duty shifts cover the same time as the First Run duty shifts (1730-0730). Backup shifts are on the same night as a member’s First Run duty shift on alternating weeks. Therefore, one week a member will be on First Run duty and the next week they will be on Backup Duty. The Second Run crew team is responsible for covering second team calls when the First Run duty crew is already out on a call. Backup can also provide extra manpower, if required. Members are provided with radio equipment to respond to second-team calls. The Second Run crew is also responsible for standbys and campus activities on their night. Note: Probationary members will always pull Backup Duty at the station.
From 0730 hrs until 1730 hrs, Monday through Friday, members are required to pull a share of day duty. The hourly requirement for day duty varies from semester to semester, depending on the number of members and their training levels.
VTRS operates all year round, even when classes may not be in session. During school breaks, members are required to pull a certain amount of duty.