The Lakeside QRU needs skilled volunteers that will contribute to its mission of service to the community. Due to the specialized level of training and education requirements of being an emergency medical responder, the path to becoming a Responding Volunteer of the QRU can be a lengthy process. It takes time to become proficient in the demanding emergency response arena, to know and understand QRU policies and procedures and to form bonds with fellow QRU volunteers. The time you invest in the Lakeside QRU will provide you with rewarding experiences and opportunities to:
- Strengthen your skills through training & experience
- Be a part of a focused and professional team
- Help your neighbors
- explore more benefits of being a Lakeside QRU volunteer
I'm interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Lakeside QRU, Now what do I do?
You may submit an Expression of Interest form or contact us:
email email@example.com or phone 406-219-1214.
What kind of training or licensure do I need?
There are several levels of licensure within the emergency medical service profession, beginning with Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). More advanced levels are Emergency Medical Technician Basic, Emergency Medical Technician Basic with Endorsements and Paramedic. You can start volunteering as a QRU responder with an Emergency Medical Technician Basic license. If you already have one of these licenses, please contact us and we can see how your current skills can be utilized within the Lakeside QRU.
How do I get the training if I am not already licensed?
An Emergency Medical Technician training is offered each fall by the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services. This is a 12 week, 3 times per week training that offers up to date curriculum and training experiences preparing students for the State of Montana licensing exam. Flathead Valley Community College offers similar classes in EMT as well as higher level of licensure training, such as Paramedic.
Who pays for the training?
In order to be accepted into the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services EMT training you must be sponsored by a local Emergency Unit, like the Lakeside QRU or a fire department. If you are sponsored by the Lakeside QRU we will reimburse you for the cost of the Flathead County EMT training and the course materials upon successful completion of the class and receipt of your license.
What is the time commitment needed to be a QRU Responding Volunteer?
The Lakeside QRU is dispatched to approximately 350 incidents each year or 7 calls each week on average. No volunteer goes on every call, however we appreciate a minimum commitment of at least 12 hours per week to being "on call" and available to respond. The amount of time you will be on the scene of a dispatched call varies, depending on if the incident results in a transport to a healthcare facility. In addition to responding to dispatched calls, the responding volunteers meet two Wednesday evenings each month for further training. Attendance at these training meetings can fulfill the continuing education requirements of your licensure and your attendance is essential for you to remain current on Lakeside QRU procedures and equipment.
The Lakeside QRU is an all volunteer organization and the legal, contractual and financial responsibilities of running an organization of this size requires volunteers to assume leadership positions as well. Responding to dispatched calls is our volunteers #1 priority, however, your involvement in the business inter-workings of the corporation are also needed and appreciated.
Can I volunteer if I work full-time?
Yes, many of our volunteers work full-time. They respond to calls when they are not working and every response is appreciated.
How much does it cost for me to be a Responding Volunteer?
There are no dues and all required continuing education can be obtained from the bi-monthly training session and licensing costs will be paid by the QRU. All supplies, clothing and equipment will be provided to you by the Lakeside QRU.