Volunteering for ambulance
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We are always looking for committed, caring people to help us. Our volunteer ambulance officers:
- are often first responders to the scene of medical emergencies in rural Tasmania
- work alongside our paramedics
- provide patient care
- operate our vehicles
- complete Patient Care Records
- hand over care to arriving ambulances or hospital staff.
How to become a volunteer ambulance officer
- No experience is necessary.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must be in good health and fit.
- You must hold a current Driver’s Licence (‘C’ class standard car license).
- You must be passionate about helping and willing to learn.
- You must complete an application form including your background, health and fitness.
- You must authorise us to do a ‘criminal convictions’ check through Tasmania Police.
Types of volunteer ambulance officers
- You support more qualified staff.
- This includes managing the scene, stretcher and equipment handling, and driving.
- You are a first responder to medical emergencies.
- This includes managing scenes and providing basic life support until more qualified crews arrive.
- You will treat and monitor patients until backup arrives if required.
- You may also or transport less seriously ill patients to hospital.
How much time is involved?
VAO-2 and VAO-3 volunteers
- You are rostered on duty for a minimum of 240 hours each year.
- You will also attend at least 10 training sessions each year.
- You must commit to 100 hours each year.
- You will need to attend four compulsory training sessions yearly.
Do I need to know first aid?
- You must have a current Advanced First Aid qualification.
- We will support you in obtaining your First Aid qualifications.
What is involved in the training sessions?
- Initial training is held over two days in Hobart, Launceston or Burnie.
- After that, most groups train locally once a fortnight.
- You will have practical, tutorial and e-learning training.
- We also run some informal training sessions.
- A lot of training also occurs in the field.
Other important information for volunteers
- You will be supported by paramedics if you need help.
- You are covered under our workers compensation policy if you are injured while working for us.
- We provide you with uniforms, pager and appropriate vaccinations.
- We provide critical incident stress management when required.
- Ambulance volunteers are not paid but we will pay you for approved out-of-pocket expenses.
Benefits of becoming a volunteer
As a volunteer you can:
- make new friends and work as part of a close-knit team
- learn new skills including first aid and how to manage stressful and demanding situations
- help care for people who are sick or injured, and reassure their loved ones
- contribute to a vital service for residents and visitors in rural communities
- keep physically and mentally active
- contribute to your community.