Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) “Why I Ride” series features BHVRS members and why they chose to become an EMT and volunteer.
Why did you join the BHVRS?
I had multiple reasons for joining the BHVRS. First, I am seriously considering a career in the health care field, so I wanted to gain real experience. Reading a textbook and seeing something in person are two completely different things—the later is much more important.
The cadet membership at the BHVRS is available for high school students and it has allowed me to see if I would like to pursue a health care profession. I would tell anyone who is considering medicine to try volunteering on a rescue squad. Additionally, I really wanted to interact with and meet people who shared similar passions as myself. Joining the squad has allowed me to make new friends. Finally, I wanted to do something that was “bigger than myself.” EMS is certainly a life-changing experience at any age.
What would you say to someone who wants to join the BHVRS but is nervous?
I would say that it is normal to be nervous, but just think: EMS will help you overcome any of your fears. Seeing emergencies can only make you stronger. Everyone starts out nervous and the people on the squad will help you adjust.
What has been your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was becoming Co-Cadet Captain. Personally, I enjoy being a leader, and this position has allowed me to have greater responsibilities in a field that I love.
What has surprised you most about being on the BHVRS?
I was most surprised by the people on the squad. Everyone is welcoming and willing to teach you. There are experienced members, older members, new members, and young members. They all come together to do the same thing—help others in our community in some of their worst moments.
Was it difficult to learn the skills required to become an EMT?
I spent my summer taking an EMT class, and it certainly was challenging. However, I learned skills that would help me throughout my entire life. I really think that class was more valuable than any of my regular school classes. My favorite skill is splinting because you can get really creative with it, and “if it works, you can do it.”
What is your favorite type of call?
Surprisingly, I enjoy the calls where the crew is not really sure “what is wrong.” It certainly adds a challenge and makes you think on the spot. It is also fun when you get dispatched for X, but when you arrive the person actually has Y.
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