Become a Volunteer
East Haddam Ambulance Association has been in existence for over 45 years. Over that time our call volume has grown dramatically. Unfortunately, our volunteer base has not. Approximately 15 individuals currently are available to answer these calls - and a minimum of two responders are needed for each call. This situation has led to too many instances where we have been unable to respond to a call for help from one of our residents. Perhaps it was you, or your neighbor. If not, it could be.
Our ability to continue providing this service is now in question, and only you - the people of East Haddam - can determine the answer. If our organization does not grow to meet the needs of the increased population, the cost to the town, and the increase in your taxes, will be significant. Estimates for hiring an outside service are in the range of $750,000 annually.
Please consider joining us and helping your fellow citizens. Participation does involve some sacrifice and inconvenience but also
provides great rewards - the sense of fulfillment that comes from helping others in need, the opportunity to work with other talented and dedicated people, and the chance to make some great friends. All costs are reimbursed. No prior medical training is required; most of our members have had no specific medical training before joining the organization.
How to Become an EMT or EMR
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about the emergency response system and in caring for patients in the back of an ambulance en route to the hospital. As an EMT, you will posses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation for sick and injured patients. EMTs function as part of the comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. As an EMT, you can administer or assist patients with several medications, including nitroglycerin, aspirin, and epinephrine auto-injectors.
In addition to the traditional lecture component, there is a mandatory 10 hour observation time in an Emergency Department.
The EMT initial course is approximately 190 hours
The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), formerly MRT (Medical Response Technician), course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the emergency response system. As an EMR, you will posses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS response. You will also assist higher level providers on scene and during transport.
The EMR initial course is approximately 60 hours.
Both courses cover topics such as:
Cardiac arrest management
Strokes and seizures
The EMT course is more indepth, hence the greater amount of time needed.
Mail completed application to:
East Haddam Haddam Ambulance Association
P.O. Box 17
Moodus, CT 06469
or drop off
440 Town St.
East Haddam, CT 06423
Monday-Friday 7 am - 3 pm