Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), how do I join?
A: Download the EMS team application from the volunteers page and submit it to us.

Q: I'm not a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) but would like to volunteer?
A: Unfortunately, we are only accepting applications from currently certified EMTs or those whose certification status is pending due to EMSRB regulations.

Q: Is there an interview process?
A: Yes. We will first review your application and if acceptable we will send you information about our interview process. Interviews typically take about 30 minutes. Once you have successfully completed an interview, we will send you a formal acceptance or rejection letter.

Q: What is orientation and how often do you do them?
A: All newly accepted volunteers are required to attend a one-day orientation before they can begin volunteering at events. Orientations are held throughout the year, depending on demand.

Q: How can I get more information about becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician?
A: We offer EMT courses. Other teaching institutions include the U of M Emergency Health Services (courses online through OneStop), Hennepin County Medical Center, Inver Hills College, Century College and others. Click here for a listing of state-wide EMS courses.

Q: What benefits do volunteers receive?
A: Volunteers receive Emergency Medical Technician initial class reimbursement (up to $600) after one-year of active volunteering, training including Emergency Medical Technician refreshers, meal vouchers for most sporting events, limited parking reimbursement, and other benefits such as a yearly team banquet.

Q: Are all members volunteers?
A: Most of our members are volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians. Other positions include: paid Field Training Officer, paid Supervisor, and paid management positions, all of which require at least one year of prior volunteering.

Q: How much time do you require for volunteers?
A: The current UMEMS accountability policy requires nine events over three months (typically lasting four hours) as well as attending monthly meetings held the second Sunday of every month. Though this averages out to three events per month, keeping the quota in three-month periods allows our members more flexibility with school and work schedules.