Become a member of South Orange Rescue Squad

South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) is comprised of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division, Technical Rescue Team (TRT), and the CPR Education Program. Potential members should indicate which division(s) they are interested in joining when applying to the squad. Below is information about the application process.

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Application Process:
SORS interviews and accepts new members every other month. Only individuals who present completed applications with all supplemental materials provided will be eligible to interview.

 

Individuals applying for the EMS must provide:

  • A copy of your current EMT-B or higher certification

  • A copy of your current CPR certification (must be CPR and AED infant through adult, usually listed as BLS Healthcare Provider or CPR for the professional rescuer)

  • A copy of your driving record in the state which you hold a license (last 3 years from each state of residence, obtained from DMV)

  • A copy of your criminal record (last 5 years from each county of residence, obtained from state or online)

  • A copy of Hepatitis B vaccination record or declination

 
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Individuals applying for the TRT must provide:

  • A copy of your driving record in the state which you hold a license (last 3 years from each state of residence, obtained from DMV)

  • A copy of your criminal record (last 5 years from each county of residence, obtained from state or online)

  • A copy of Hepatitis B vaccination record or declination

  • Minimum of CPR and Medical Responder certification within a year of joining. Applicants without a current EMS credential must provide proof of enrollment in an EMT class or other acknowledgement of this requirement.

Applications which are not complete before the cut off date will be held until the next interview cycle.

While we are always accepting applications, a member of the interview committee may not contact you until we are ready to hold another round of interviews to discuss the interview process and any other steps that may need to be taken.

Interviews are conducted with a panel of SORS members representing a variety of divisions and committees within the organization.

The EMS interview consists of:

  • An oral interview portion

  • Skills evaluation involving patient assessment and scenarios

  • Demonstration of the applicant's ability to lift a loaded stretcher without assistance

The TRT interview consists of:

  • An oral interview portion

  • Demonstration of the applicant's ability to lift a loaded stretcher without assistance

 

Upon completion of interviews, the membership committee will convene and evaluate all of the prospective members. Based on the number of available slots in each division, the membership committee will either:

  • Recommend the applicant for membership. The applicant is presented to the general membership at the next squad business meeting where they will have the opportunity to voice any questions or concerns about the applicant.

  • Not recommend the applicant for membership at that time.

A decision will be provided to each interviewee within 7-10 days of a completed interview. Individuals who are approved by the general membership become provisional members of the division(s) to which they applied. Members then undergo an orientation process which is designed to introduce them to the system and provide detailed information on training requirements, supplemental information, etc.