Frequently asked questions
How do I join CVRS?
First, you need to fill out an application and fingerprint card. After receiving your fingerprint card and application, we will vote on you at our next meeting.
Where do I get an application from?
You can download our application on our website under the documents page or you can contact us by phone (804) 529-6630 and we can meet you, mail it to you, or email it to you.
Where do I take the fingerprint card to?
To get your fingerprints done, you must take it to any sheriff's office, where a deputy or correction's officer will help you get your fingerprints.
How long does it take for my fingerprints to come back?
The time varies depending on how good of quality the fingerprints are. It usually averages from 3 weeks to a couple months.
What can I do while I'm waiting for my fingerprints to come back?
In the meantime, you can come participate in training so you will be ready to run calls as soon as your fingerprints come back clear! You are also still able to participate in community events.
What training is required of me to be able to join?
You don't have to have any prior training, however, we will provide the necessary training for you, such as CPR and EVOC. CPR is the only mandatory training we require, but we do highly recommend you getting EVOC or an EMT certification.
What is expected of me when I join?
After your fingerprints come back approved and you are voted in, you are on a 3 month probationary period whereas you are expected to perform 24 duty hours per month and attend 6 meetings and 6 trainings per year, as well as running an average of 1 call per month.
Where do I go when a call comes in?
Depends on where you live. If you live closer to the scene, you may go there AFTER an EMT or the ambulance gets there first. Otherwise, come to the building.
How do I get my 24 hours/month done?
When you are "on call" this means that you are able to go on a call if we get one. Your on call hours can either be done at home (if you live in the area) or at the building. Running calls, coming to training and meetings, standby's, participating in events, ect. all count towards your 24 hours.
What if EMS isn't for me but I still want to help out?
No problem! EMS isn't for everyone, but you can join our auxiliary program which allows you to still help out during our fundraising events and community events we have!
What is my responsibility when on a call?
Depending on what you level of certification determines what your responsibilities are. If you have no certification (that is, not an EMT), your responsibility is to fill out the demographic portion of our paper patient care report (patient's name, date of birth, ect.), helping with patient care as you go through training, lifting patients (if able), and cleaning the stretcher, ambulance, ect.
Can I tell my friends/family about calls I go on?
To some extent, but be careful what you say. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) all patient information must remain confidential. This means you should never share their name, address, or medical history with anybody.
Will I see a lot of blood working on an ambulance?
It's not too common to see a lot of blood on calls.
What if a call comes out and I'm not "on duty?"
You can still go! You don't have to be on duty to run a call.
What if I can't make it to the meetings or trainings?
If you are working, in school, or active military, you are excused from the meetings and training.
What if I'm not sure if I want to be a member?
If you're not sure if you'll like it or not, you can become a ride-along. A ride-along goes on calls to observe. There is a form you must fill out. You can find it under the documents page.
What do I wear when responding to a call?
Ideally, you should wear a CVRS shirt and pants or shorts that aren't too short (use common sense) and closed toe shoes. We offer lockers to allow you to keep an extra set of clothes and shoes for when going to calls.
How fast can I drive when responding to a call?
Whatever the speed limit is. You won't be able to help the patient if you are involved in an accident yourself or get stopped by law enforcement.
What equipment is supplied to me when I join?
After getting voted in and your background check comes back clear, you will receive a t-shirt, jacket, a CVRS license plate, a radio or pager and a charger. If you want an emergency light for your vehicle you can buy it from Amazon for relatively cheap, but it must be solid red or red and white.