Every day people become your neighborhood heroes, whether they are students, nurses, or business professionals. Our volunteers are an integral part of the EMS system in Chesterfield County and the City of Richmond, Virginia. We are pre-hospital emergency care professionals subject to the same training standards and regulations as career EMTs.
Thank you for your interest in joining Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad. We accept membership applications both from experienced EMS personnel and from new volunteers just entering the field. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Forest View members come from various educational and employment backgrounds. Many of our members are pursuing or practicing in healthcare or public safety careers. Others are high-school, college, or graduate students pursuing other fields of study. Still others are practicing professionals in a wide variety of different disciplines. In spite of our disparities, Forest View members share some things in common—our strong commitment to teamwork, community service, and Emergency Medical Services.
Forest View helps our members acquire and maintain EMS certification at the basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) levels; and, we provide the hands-on field experience our members need to achieve and maintain proficiency in the medical skills they learn. Forest View offers on-site training in Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Thirds Skills, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC), Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B), Hazmat, Incident Command, Attendant-in-charge, and leadership skills. We also offer our members access to advanced courses of study in Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I) and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P).
Duty requirements for Forest View members are stringent, and they must be understood and supported by spouses/significant others before you consider joining the squad. In order to provide our members with the training they need to become proficient EMS personnel, we require them to serve a MINIMUM of 40 hours per month on duty with one of our 6 crews. Crew assignments are made once new members complete our orientation course. Forest View operates three stations: Station 1 in Richmond City on Forest Hill Ave , Station 2 in Chesterfield County near the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Courthouse Rd, and Station 3 in Chesterfield County off of Midlothian Turnpike and Buford Rd next to Chesterfield Fire Station #9. Members report to a duty station every 6th day as assigned by their Crew Lieutenant. Shifts range in length from a 12-hour overnight shift (during the work week) to a 24-hour 8AM to 8AM shift (during the weekend).
New members will serve a minimum 6-month probationary period, possibly longer if they do not hold an EMT certification when joining. During their probationary period, they will complete Thirds Training and obtain required CPR, HIPAA, and EMT certifications. Members cannot be removed from Probationary Status until they have obtained an EMT certification. Probationary members are expected to attend all weekly duty shifts and business meetings, except when illness, unavoidable and occasional school, job, or family-related commitment interferes. Members must give their Crew Lieutenant advance notice, if a duty shift must be missed. Probationary members who do not meet their 40-hour-per-month duty requirement may be dismissed from the squad.
THE AUXILLARY -- Citizens wanting to volunteer with the rescue squad but choose not to ride calls, can apply for membership in our Auxillary. It is a support group organized in 1958 and provides service in the form of raising money, serving dinners and lunches for meetings and classes, and performing assistance in other areas as needed. No specialized training or certification is requiring to join the Auxillary. If interested please complete the Request Information form below and specify in the comments box that you are interested in the Auxillary. An auxillary member will contact you with more information.
Forest View members take great pride in our organizations 55-plus years of all volunteer service to the citizens of Chesterfield County and Richmond City. If your schedule permits and you are up to the challenge of becoming a member, please complete our volunteer information request form. Our Vice President will contact you and guide you the rest of the way.