Volunteer to help your neighbors
Our members are made up of a diverse set of skills, backgrounds, and abilities. Volunteering as an EMT, Paramedic, or Firefighter/Rescuer is a life-changing opportunity and a great way to give back to the community.
Start by scheduling a ride-along.Ride With Us
Watch WVRS in action! Note that while this video has lots of firefighting, we have even more (but more difficult to film) emergency medical action in the Wheaton area!
WVRS is staffed entirely by volunteers at all times except for weekdays, 7:00 am until 5:00 pm, when staffing is supplemented by Montgomery County.
All volunteers perform the same functions as paid staff. You can train to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic, Ambulance Driver, Firefighter, or Rescue Technician. View detailed descriptions.
The membership process
The first step to joining is to experience what it will be like on a shift by riding-along with us for one evening. Schedule a ride-along to see if volunteering is right for you.
After your ride-along, let your recruiter know if you want to fill out a membership application. Once your application has been processed, you will attend an orientation class and choose your duty crew night.
At the orientation, you will see how to sign up for classes, including the basic EMT class. All training and uniforms are provided by Montgomery County for free.
While you’re waiting for the class to start, your crew will conduct brief initial in-station training (known as “Level 1”) and you will be allowed to assist on ambulance calls as extra staffing through the completion of your EMT class.