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Prospective members between the ages of 14 and 20 can participate in one of two programs designed to learn about emergency medical training, and in some cases, assist on ambulance calls.

First Aid Explorers

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad First Aid Unit
First Aid Unit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Youth individuals from 14-20 can join the First Aid Unit, who assist in providing stand-by first aid coverage to community and private events. The Unit is designed to introduce young adults to the Emergency Medical Services profession.

Members are required to attend one event, and one meeting per month as a minimum activity level. This is a year-round activity.

Emergency Medical Response training classes are conducted once a year. The course is free, though there is a charge for books. The training is about 120 hours, conducted on Sundays for about 4 months. No previous training is required.

Learn More About the FAU

Cadet Members

If you are age 16 or 17, you are eligible to join WVRS as a Cadet member. As a Cadet member, you have the opportunity to assist on ambulance calls by lifting and moving patients, taking vital signs, and carrying equipment. Cadet members are fully expected to take an intensive EMT class and carry on to be a fully functioning Charge EMT at WVRS once they turn 18.

This is a large time commitment beyond an after school activity, and therefore, we recommend that you review the Requirements of joining as a member. Cadet members have the same duty requirements and expectations as Active members, but on school nights are allowed to leave at 10pm.

Important. If you are a college-bound high school senior and do not have plans to attend college within 30 miles of WVRS, we ask you defer submitting your application until after college.

Interested Cadet Members should fill out a Join Now form.