Like any agency, Roanoke Ambulance is always in need of new faces, trained or untrained, to join the squad. If you are already an EMT or nurse, we will help you join the PAEMS system. If you want to serve but don't have the necessary training - we will work with you to make sure you are trained and ready to help.
There are several ways to volunteer with Roanoke Ambulance. For those wishing to drive for us, we offer on the job training and guidance for all new drivers, as well as defensive driver training. All drivers are required to take a Emergency Medical Responder course after joining the squad. To drive with us, you must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED and have a valid Illinois driver's license. As a driver, you are trained to respond appropriately to a variety of emergency calls and to interact with Woodford County Communications (911 Dispatch). Our drivers are the backbone of Roanoke Ambulance and are counted on to provide safe transportation to and from the hospital.
For those who wish to serve as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Roanoke offers training for those wishing to become an EMT, as well as continuing education for those who already hold an EMT license. All EMTs with Roanoke Ambulance are licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and are system-approved by the Peoria Area Emergency Medical. Currently, becoming an EMT requires a course of 188+ hours of training as well as at least 24 hours of clinical work within an emergency department. The fee for this type of class is usually between $200 and $1000, depending on where the class is offered. To assist volunteer EMTs, the Village of Roanoke will pay this course fee for any person willing to volunteer with Roanoke Ambulance for a period of 2 years.
Volunteers with Roanoke Ambulance are given a small monetary allowance for each hour that they volunteer. This allowance is to compensate volunteers for gas they use, meals on the road, or any other expense they incur while volunteering. All volunteers are required to live within 5 miles of our facility or less.
During the day, Roanoke employs a team of two Emergency Medical Technicians who are responsible for responding to emergency calls. These paid staff members work with the Roanoke Ambulance's Officers to keep things running smoothly.
How our Schedule Works!Roanoke schedules volunteers on a two shift rotation - 6 am to 6 pm, and then 6 pm to 6 am. Alternate shifts are available for anyone working second or third shift at their regular job. At the beginning of each month, each volunteer submits a short list of the days they are available to volunteer. The average volunteer is scheduled to work 4-6 twelve hour shifts each month, and will typically run 1-2 calls.
"Working" a shift doesn't mean you have to be physically present at the ambulance shed, it means that you make yourself available to respond if needed. Most of the time that simply means turning a pager on and going about your regular business for the day. Volunteers must stay within Roanoke while "on duty," but if something work related comes up, or if there is a family emergency, it is usually pretty easy to find another volunteer to finish your shift.
Some of our volunteers only work one shift a week, while others volunteer more. You are not ever forced to volunteer days you haven't signed up for, and we always check to make sure you aren't volunteering too much. Our goal is to take care of our volunteers, so that they can take care of Roanoke.