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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.

EMT caring for a kid Unloading Cot EMT with LifePak

 

What are the benefits to being an EMS volunteer?

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 do I have to do to become a CPR Certified Driver?

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 volunteer, we ask the following of our Drivers:

  • Have or be able to obtain an American Heart Association CPR for Health care Professionals or equivalent 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?

Thank you for your interest in serving your community as a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The North Fork Ambulance is presently a Basic Life Support (BLS) agency and the majority of our volunteers are EMTs who have an IV Fluid Certification. The Board of Directors however is in the progress of moving the Association to an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Service and is currently sending a group of experienced EMTs through the EMT Intermediate class to become ALS providers.

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 Association pays for EMT training in exchange for a minimum of one (1) year of service to the Association. To learn more about the EMT class and requirements which must be met to have the Association 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

Before applying you will need the following:

  • Driver's License number and a copy of the license to attach,
  • CPR Card with an expiration date if you have one and copy of the card to attach,
  • Addresses and phone numbers of current, past employers,
  • Addresses and graduation dates for trade schools, college and/or specialized training,
  • Colorado Driving History - can be obtained in person at the DMV in Delta for a small fee. A copy must be uploaded to the application.

Download a PDF of the application and fill out on your computer - PDF

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