Cadet Member

2024 BHVRS Cadet Membership Applications are now open and you can apply below until 12/20/2023.

Membership Benefits

Once you have been accepted as a Cadet Member of the BHVRS, we will provide you with CPR and basic first aid training, as well as the opportunity to pursue certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)*.  You will also have the opportunity to apply for a BHVRS scholarship, and most important, THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY!

*Programs typically run for 2-3 months and will prepare you to function as an Emergency Medical Technician. After successful completion of this 190-hour program, the student is eligible to take the national EMT examination with the Department of Health. Students will be expected to complete reading and homework assignments, attend classes, and complete all program objectives to take the national EMT certification exam. 

Requirements for Membership

A Cadet Applicant must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (as of April 1st) and a Sophomore entering your Junior year in High School
  • Have parental/guardian permission to volunteer and ride for the BHVRS
  • Be in accordance with the objectives set out by the BHVRS (which will be outlined for you at an interview)
  • If asked, provide a physician’s note stating that you are physically able to perform duties

Cadet Requirements

  • Ride a minimum of 3.5 hours per week, and 6 hours of weekend time per month (which may be split up)
  • Be in accordance with the Cadet Expectations set by the BHVRS (which will be explained during your interview)
  • Attend monthly Cadet meetings and training, and squad supported events as they are scheduled
  • Provide High school grades if requested by the Cadet Advisor or BHVRS officer

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much of a time commitment will it be?

Cadets are required to ride a minimum of 3.5 hours per week, and six hours of weekend time per month, attend monthly cadet meetings, training sessions, and participate in a percentage of squad related events.

Will becoming a cadet member cost me anything, or do I have to purchase anything?

No, there is no cost to you. The BHVRS will provide at no cost: CPR and First Aid training and a cadet uniform.  The EMT course will be covered by the NJ EMS Training Fund.

I do not drive; do I need a driver’s permit to be a cadet member?

No, as long as a parent/guardian is able to get you to and from the Rescue Squad for your shift. Cadets are required to remain at the building during their entire shift (3.5 hours). If you have a driver’s license, you may drive to the Rescue Squad for your shift, however as a Cadet you are still required to remain at the squad building for your shift.

I am active in a High School sport team/school club; will this affect my chances of becoming a member on the squad?

No, we will work with each Cadet to try and accommodate their school schedule, to enable them to be a successful BHVRS Cadet and fulfill their requirements while maintain their commitment to their school activities and academic needs.

My parent’s are nervous, and so am I?

We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have at (908) 464 0013 or e-mail All cadets ride their shift with an adult EMT present at all times on calls. Our EMT members regularly work with the cadets and are trained to prepare a cadet for all types of calls. The cadet program has a group of EMT adult liaison officers in contact and working with the cadets during their membership, to ensure they are well trained, supervised, and comfortable in their abilities. We provide a safe environment for the cadets during their shift, where they are able to work on homework, projects, or relax.

How do I apply?

To apply click here for the BHVRS Cadet Membership Application.

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