Volunteer at CAVAC
CAVAC is an organization dedicated to helping its community – we are truly “people helping people.” Although we do employ paid, professional Paramedics for our core daily service, all other CAVAC members are volunteers. Our members get great satisfaction from their many contributions to CAVAC and the Cazenovia-area community.
CAVAC is always in need of new volunteers of all types and ages, serving as drivers, dispatchers, EMTs, general members, and Student Corps. We would love to talk with you about how you might contribute to CAVAC.
Complete our On-Line Information Request Form
or Download our CAVAC Volunteer Brochure (contains a printed Information Request Form)
or Send e-mail to email@example.com
or Call 655-9798
CAVAC’s standard ambulance crew consists of a volunteer driver and a paid Paramedic. In addition to driving the ambulance, CAVAC drivers assist the Paramedic as required. Medical training or background is not needed beyond basic CPR (provided). A regular driver’s license is required.
Drivers are asked to staff two 6-hour shifts each month, but are also needed for less-regular backup shifts or temporary assignments (e.g., standby duty at football games and races). Drivers living near CAVAC are able to cover their shifts from home.
Crew Coordinator (was Dispatcher)
Crew coordinators work at CAVAC base, contacting backup crews, answering the phone, logging call information, greeting walk-ins, and handling other administrative duties. Crew coordinators normally serve 1 or 2 4-hour shifts per month.
Volunteer EMTs assist our paid Paramedics as crew members on some shifts, but also may handle Basic Life Support (BLS) calls on their own and serve as backup medical. CAVAC occasionally hosts EMT training courses. Many volunteers start as drivers and receive EMT training while CAVAC members. EMTs generally work 6-hour shifts.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
If you have limited free time or can’t serve as a crew coordinator, EMT, or driver you can still help! Members who are not on active duty can help CAVAC thrive by:
- serving on committees (e.g., public affairs)
- helping with CAVAC events (e.g., fundraisers)
- supporting our web site and other IT infrastructure
- helping with building or vehicle maintenance