The Application Process
- The first step in the process is to apply for membership.
- After your entire membership packet has been received, our Deputy Chief will call you via telephone to schedule an interview.
- After your interview, we will process a background check and driver’s license check.
- Pending approval, you will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of your acceptance into the organization.
- The letter will inform you that you must contact OnSite Occupational Health Services (585-235-3890) to schedule an appointment for a drug screen, physical and agility test.
- Pending positive results, you will receive a call from our Assistant Chief of Training to schedule your initial orientation session.
- Once your orientation is complete, you may begin signing up for training shifts, either as a Base Attendant or medic trainee. Details on how to do this will be provided to you.
- You will begin training with an FTO (field training officer). These instructors are experienced personnel who will work with you on each emergency call and help you throughout your training.
- Your first shifts will be as an “observer.” During this time, your FTO explains the duties of your position, shows you how to operate any equipment, and answers your questions. They also let you experience what actually happens on an emergency call – without you being under any pressure do anything. This allows you to just watch and learn.
- As you progress, the FTO will allow you to do tasks that you have been trained on and are comfortable doing. They will evaluate your performance via electronically submitted performance evaluations. You will also have an opportunity to evaluate your FTO.
- As you gain experience, the FTO will allow you to handle more and more of the emergency call. At some point, you will notice that you are handling the entire emergency call without any assistance from the FTO.
- Throughout the evaluation process, you will learn your strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, through the guidance of the Field Training Officer, you will learn additional skills that cannot be taught in a classroom.
- You’ll need to make sure you are confident in yourself and your abilities. Our FTO’s may believe that you are ready, but ultimately you decide when you are ready.
- Our training program is broken down into 3 “levels”. Once your FTO’s feel you’re ready to operate on your own, you will meet with the training department to discuss becoming a cleared member.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the training process.