Cromwell St John is looking for more volunteers to work night and weekend shifts.
Cromwell’s ambulance station manager David Anderson said while they had about 18 volunteers available, he would like to increase that number to 25 or more.
‘‘Cromwell St John has two full time officer/paramedics, including myself, and we have four days on and four days off,’’ he said.
‘‘We need two volunteers [available] at night.
‘‘We have a great bunch of volunteers who are really involved and dedicated, but we are always looking for more to cover natural attrition.’’
He said the volunteers would be asked to do about two shifts a month.
‘‘Some choose to do more than that and a lot do one a week.
‘‘It is a great way to be involved in the community.’’
He said St John provided the training, which included sending the volunteers away to courses over several months.
Volunteers initially went out on call-outs as observers.
‘‘Some volunteers go out on a couple of jobs and once they see what we do, they are hooked.’’
Training included a one-day operations induction course, a two-day Operations Risk Management course, which is designed to teach volunteers to stay safe on callouts, a two-day ambulance driving course and a four-day First Responder course, which trains volunteers to assess patients and manage life-threatening emergencies.
If they pass the course, volunteers will have a Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder).
Mr Anderson said they also had volunteers about to start or completing an undergraduate paramedics degree.
After the application is sent in, there is a police check and volunteers need to pass physical, literacy and numeracy tests, as well as a pre-employment drug screening and health check.
Applicants also need to have a clean New Zealand drivers’ licence, be 18 or over and be a New Zealand resident or have permanent resident status.
★ If anyone is interested Mr Anderson can be contacted on 021 638-255. or apply directly at: