Volunteer at CAVAC

[Volunteer Sign]

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 tremendous satisfaction from their 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 volunteer@cavacambulance.org

or Call 655-9798

CAVAC Volunteer Driver


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 required beyond basic CPR (provided). 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.

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Dispatchers work at CAVAC base, answering the phone, logging call information, greeting walk-ins, and handling other administrative duties. Dispatchers normally serve 1 or 2 4-hour shifts per month.

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Volunteer EMTs assist our paid Paramedics as crew members on some shifts, but also answer or complete Basic Life Support (BLS) calls on their own and staff backup crews.  CAVAC will sponsor EMT training for non-certified individuals.  Many volunteers start as drivers and receive EMT training while CAVAC members. EMTs generally work 6-hour shifts.

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Student Corps

Student Corps

Student Corps members serve as assistant crew members in support of the Paramedic or EMT and perform community service. Students who are interested in learning and volunteering with CAVAC should visit the Student Corps page for information and an application.

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General Membership

If you have limited free time or can’t serve as a dispatcher 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., our annual Craft Fair)
  • supporting our web site
  • helpline with building maintenance

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High School Community Service

CAVAC is also a great place for Cazenovia High School students to perform community service work, particularly during the CAVAC Craft Fair (4th of July weekend). Call 655-9798 for more information.

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CAVAC Ambulance - Headquarters

Backup crew heads out on a (snowy) call