The group seeks emergency medical technicians, first responders and even folks with no previous experience to join the ranks of those who step up when the town needs it most. The importance of emergency workers for many is magnified as we near the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy's devastation of many parts of New Jersey.
Hopatcong Ambulance provides necessary and ongoing training to volunteers and will sponsor qualified members who wish to earn their state EMT certification. Joining the squad, organizers say, is an excellent way for someone to become an active member in the community, to help friends and family and to learn valuable skills to take into careers such as nursing. While most know that ambulance workers respond in times of crisis, but volunteers are also standing by during community events such as graduations, sporting events, parades, charity hikes/runs and wherever these trained citizen responders can lend a hand to keep residents safe.
Membership in the squad is open to anyone 18 or older who lives in or within one mile of Hopatcong. Community minded youngsters can follow their interest by participating in the squad's Learning for Life Explorer Program for those 14-20. The program offers a first step in learning about the many opportunities in emergency medical services, and many Explorers go on to become full adult members of the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad. The Explorer Program is open to young adults in Hopatcong and all of its bordering towns.
To become a member of the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad or if your child wants to joing the Explorer Program, head to www.HopatcongEMS.org and download an application. Local businesses can do their part as well by printing and posting the squad's recruitment sign 1 and sign 2.