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Our crews are Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.
Join our team today and answer a call for help!

Everyday throughout the North Fork Valley, there are men and women from a variety of backgrounds with varying life experiences and careers who dedicate themselves to serving their community as EMS volunteers. These volunteers are your friends, neighbors and maybe even family members. They have taken the time and effort to become a State of Colorado certified EMT or American Heart Association CPR Certified Driver and are trained to act in an emergency to help a Neighbor in a Time of Need.

Looking for a way to Serve your Community?

Look no further than the North Fork Ambulance! We have been staffed by volunteer staff since 1969 - that's over 45 years!. Whether you are new to the Valley or have lived here for decades, the North Fork Ambulance has something to offer for everyone.

Our volunteers are ranchers, business owners, accountants, orchard owners, nurses, professional EMTs, airplane pilots, architects, retired professionals and many more occupations than we can list here. The unifying feature amongst all our volunteers is the fact that they are volunteers and chose to give back to their community.

There are many great organizations in the North Fork Valley and Delta County which you can volunteer with and give back to the community and we are proud to say our volunteers are heavily involved in other aspects of the community, besides the ambulance. EMS opens doors - let us open the doors to new skills and experiences that will change your life and those of others.

What are the benefits to serving on the Ambulance?

There are many. We are a community of people helping the community at large. When you dedicate yourself as an EMT or CPR Certified Driver, you are responding to help people, often in the worst times of their lives, and just by being present you can help put people at ease and know you are making a difference.

The Association provides monthly training opportunities for EMTs and drivers to stay current on life saving skills and we also provide financial assistance for volunteers to attend EMS conferences and trainings around the State of Colorado to keep current on the latest advances in pre-hospital Emergency Care.

Volunteers also receive a small token of appreciation in the form of on-call pay. The Association adopted the below pay scale in the fall of 2014 for volunteers who accept it, in return for them dedicating themselves to being availble for any emergency which should arise during a 12-hour shift. Just because you volunteer doesn't mean your time isn't valuable.

CPR Certified Driver: $2.25/hour
EMT: $ 3.25/hour
EMT Intermediate: $3.75/hour
Paramedic: $4.25/hour

We understand you have a job, life and responsibilities outside the ambulance and we work with you to allow you to do what is important to you, and provide you with some compensation for your time and efforts in giving back to the community.

What are the minimum requirements?

Prospective Drivers must:
- Be a minimum of 18 years old
- Live or work within ten (10) minutes of an ambulance station in either Paonia, - - Hotchkiss or Crawford.
-  Have no felony convictions,
-  Possess a valid State of Colorado Driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment
-  Have no active restrictions on your license or pending court cases regarding your driving privileges.

Upon becoming an active crew member, we ask the following of our Drivers:
-  Maintain an American Heart Association CPR for Health care Professionals CPR certification,
- Complete training in National Incident Management System (NIMS) upon being hired,
- Complete twelve (12) ambulance checks with an EMT per year,
- Be on-call a minimum of 48, 12-hour shifts per year.

What about an EMT? Do you provide training?
Yes! We do pay for crew members to advance their training and become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or an EMT-Intermediate which is an Advanced Life Support crew member. 

Below is the list of the requirements our Physician Advisor and Board of Directors has established as minimum requirements for an individual to be an EMT with the North Fork Ambulance:

We gladly accept individuals who are trained EMTs as well as those individuals who have a desire to serve as an EMT but are not yet certified. The Ambulance pays for EMT training in exchange for a minimum of one (1) year of service to the Ambulance. To learn more about the EMT class and requirements which must be met to have the Ambulance pay for training, please contact a Station Captain.

Prospective EMTs must:
-  Be a minimum of 18 years old,
-  Live or work within ten (10) minutes of an ambulance station in either Paonia, Hotchkiss or Crawford,
-  Have a no felony convictions,
-  Possess a valid State of Colorado Driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment,
-  Have no active restrictions on your license or pending court cases regarding your driving privileges,

EMTs must be able to meet the following requirements annually:
-  Obtain and keep current a State of Colorado EMT-Basic or higher level, certification,
-  Maintain a current American Heart Association CPR For Health Care Professions or equivalent CPR Certification,
-  Complete training in National Incident Management System (NIMS) upon being hired,
-  Complete twelve (12) ambulance checks per year with drivers,
-  Complete required skills testing as specified by the Board, Executive Director and/or Physician Advisor,
-  Be on-call a minimum of 48, 12 hour shifts in a year



What is the Friends of North Fork Ambulance?

The Friends of North Fork Ambulance is a group of people working together in non-emergency capacities to support the mission of the North Fork Ambulance. Our goal is to increase the number of volunteers and the number of Members in order to continue providing ambulance service from three (3) stations centrally located in the towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. We are like the ladies fire auxillary groups that support our local fire departments! 

How do I join the Friends of Norht Fork Ambulance?

Joining is quick and easy! Just fill out the application below and submit it. Upon receipt of your application, our Community Outreach Coordinator Katie Hedley will contact you to get you started!


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110 E Hotchkiss Avenue
PO Box 127
Hotchkiss, CO 81419


Phone: +1 (970) 872-4303              


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