Our organization is actively recruiting new members to provide volunteer ambulance service to the Borough of Rutherford as certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).
1. Complete and Submit Application Form
If you would like to become a member of our organization, please complete our Application For Membership Form and send it to
submit the following form and we will get in touch with you:
Upon receipt of your application we will invite you for an interview with our membership committee.
3. Medical Physical and Criminal Background Check
As part of our due diligence in processing your application, we need to ensure that you are physically fit to perform the duties associated with being an EMT as well as ensuring that you do not have a criminal history. Towards that end, subsequent to acceptance of your application, you will be asked to go for a medical physical and will also be asked to meet with a Detective at the Rutherford Police Department (RPD) who will take your fingerprints and initiate a criminal background check. You will need to complete and sign the Background Check Release Form to authorize the RPD to do this check.
4. Become an EMT
If you are not currently certified as an EMT you will need to complete the EMT course which normally encompasses approximately 250 hours of training and is offered three times a year at the Bergen County EMS Training Center in Paramus, N.J. as well as at other sites.
While the 250 hours of training might seem initially overwhelming, it tends to be a worthwhile experience, since the training you receive can be used not only in your future capacity as a member of the Rutherford First Aid Ambulance Corps, but also in your place of employment, or in the event of any emergency in your home or that of a relative, friend or neighbor.
It should be clearly understood that the Rutherford First Aid Ambulance Corps is looking for a long-term commitment to our organization by prospective applicants. We encourage you to carefully review the time required to complete the EMT training program in order to determine if you are willing to actively participate in our organization in the future.
5. Start your Squad Training
Upon EMT Certification you will become a “trainee” in our squad. You will ride with our squad members and get familiarized with our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), our communication systems, our rigs etc. At the end of the training period your performance will be evaluated by our squad members and a recommendation will be made for full squad membership and privileges.
6. Pick a Shift
As a full member you can either pick a regular shift or fill in “open slots”. Every member is required to serve at least 30 hours a month, 12 of which must be on the weekend.
Should you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please feel free to leave a message for us on our 24-hour hot line number for recruitment (201) 460-3000 ext. 4305.