Seaway Valley Ambulance and Waddington Rescue are seeking volunteers for the upcoming BassMasters Tournament, which will take place on the St. Lawrence River between August 15th and 18th.
Applications can be filled out by clicking here and must be submitted by July 31st. Volunteer guidelines and more information is available below.
Who can apply?
- Any current member of a department in good standing with their department and is online with their EMS region.
- All medical personnel applicants must be currently certified as a NYS Certified First Responder or higher on the date of application, and certification must not expire before August 31 of this year. All EMS certifications will be verified with NYSDOH.
- Applicants are applying for volunteer positions at the BassMasters events being held in Waddington on specific dates. Applicants are not applying for membership into a specific department or organization such as Waddington Fire or Rescue.
What should you expect?
- Accountability – with the scale of this year’s events, we must insist on knowing your whereabouts at all times while you are on duty.
- Staff will be required to:
- sign in at the beginning of their shift,
- remain at their assigned task during that shift,
- sign out at the end of their shift.
- No freelancing will be allowed – staff will have to work within the ICS system to accomplish tasks. Staff who identify needs outside of their assigned area should relay them to command. (If the driver of an ambulance takes the keys and goes to help look for a lost child, who can drive the ambulance?)
- No partial shifts – if you must leave the event area, EMS command must know directly.
- Work assignments vary, and may include:
- Foot patrol – working with a partner, moving through large crowds, monitoring the people around you for illness, treating and evacuating those you find or are called to by stretcher, stairchair or ATV.
- Treatment station – working as part of a team to deliver care to patients who present at a treatment tent or are transported to that location by foot patrols or ATV units.
- Roving cart patrol – using golf carts to maneuver through crowds, moving with crowds and covering larger areas.
- Transportation – staff who operate motor vehicles as part of their job description. These staff members will be trained (CEVO/EVOC) and validated to operate specific apparatus from their home department.
- Assignments are given by command staff, and are based on past experience, training and personal strengths. While we appreciate your thoughts on your assignment of choice, final assignments are at the discretion of the command staff.
- Time out of the sun – crews working in contact with visitors will be periodically rotated to the crew-only areas to allow for rehab and rest.
- Fun is what we do. While this is a serious event that takes many hours of planning, and many people to bring to fruition, our primary goal is to enjoy what we are doing.
- 1 Meal per shift will be provided to all volunteer EMS staff.
- Uniforms – required uniform shirt in a unique color, (to be announced), will be provided by the Bassmasters EMS Command and will be yours to keep after the event.
What do we expect of you?
- Appearance – professionalism and safety is the order of the day!
- Shorts or pants – either are fine – dress for the weather and your personal comfort. Shorts must be of an acceptable length (below fingertips when stand at attention) and in good condition (if they are one step away from being your new painting pants, they aren’t the ones to wear here).
- Footwear – closed toed shoes or boots are acceptable. Open toes, sandals or shoes with heels are not acceptable for this event. Most jobs at these events require significant walking – transportation will not be available for all staff.
- Good attitude – you are representing the EMS community of Waddington and St. Lawrence County. Please bring your smile, and leave any ‘baggage’ at home. We can’t please everybody all of the time, but we’ll give it a shot – the Command Staff will maintain an open door policy throughout the event. If you have a concern, issue or question, please bring it to the attention of your supervisor or the Incident Commander as soon as possible.
- Attentiveness – we want you at your best and be ready for anything.
Who do you contact with any specific questions?
Seaway Valley Ambulance