Our agency prides itself on being a place where you can grow and learn. Many of our cadets and members are current EMS students.
How could being a cadet or member benefit me?
- We have two in-house NC OEMS certified EMS instructors
- Our training officer is active in the local community college EMS department
- Students are regularly tutored and mentored by our members, both in one-on-one and study group settings
- Many of our members are college students with extensive life sciences coursework
- We are supported by Franklin County Advanced Education Institute, which provides additional resources not available to most volunteer agencies
What do current members say about their experience?
“As a volunteer here, you will interact with patients in a clinical setting, providing valuable experience to prepare for a professional health career. Education is an important continuous process in the evolving EMS field. Thus, members with academic mindsets capable of adapting to new research are valued. YRS is considerate in negotiating volunteer scheduling with students who have school commitments.”
– Dan (YRS member and full time pre-med student)
The cadet experience was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I met new people, made friends, and gained an EMS family. Whenever I needed help studying while in EMS class, paramedics, and members of the squad were always willing to help.
-Roxie, YRS member and former cadet
“YRS From a college kid–My time at Youngsville started early 2013, I was midway through my EMT course at Wake Tech and was looking for a way to actually apply what I was learning. Youngsville was the closest volunteer agency to my house, so I applied. Little did I know that I was joining such an awesome department. From the start, the crew at Youngsville welcomed me with open arms. There was never a moment that I was scared to ask a question. The first six months as a “cadet”, while I finished up and tested for my EMT, was an awesome learning experience. Summer of 2013 I left for college in NY with the understanding that I would be back on a very limited basis due to my schedule requirements. The department was more than willing to accommodate whatever times I could volunteer. Throughout much of freshman year, I missed spending time at the station, spending as much time as I could when I was home at the department. Starting sophomore year, I was able to join a high volume system in NY however it was and still is not “home”. The people at Youngsville Rescue truly care about other members of the department. It’s hard to explain but continuing to volunteer given my schedule, practice six times a week and 20+credits is a nice break. When I’m on the truck, I don’t care about the engineering exam I have coming up, all I’m focused on is my patient. That type of mental “break” is a refreshing change from wake up, go to class and practice, study, sleep and repeat. Youngsville is also unique in the fact that our transport times are often over 30 minutes allowing you the opportunity to truly care for your patient and see your interventions make a difference. Long story short, there are departments with higher volumes, newer apparatus, fancier technology but none will ever come close to YRS in the sense of “home”.
-Matt Vest CDT USMA 2017 EMT, West Point Parachute Team