Volunteers – The Heart of UVES

Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They share one thing: a desire to help their neighbors when they need it most.

Since 1973, volunteers have made Union Volunteer Emergency Squad work. Many have been here for decades. Some started in high school, found their niche in health care and now pursue careers as paramedics, nurses, physicians’ assistants, and doctors.

And we’re as committed to them as they are to you. For 12 hours a month – two in training and 10 in operations – we will give them every opportunity to help people as part of one of the busiest emergency medical services in New York.

Volunteer Membership Requirements



  • Must be at least 16 years old for student membership and 18 for active membership.
  • Able to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance).
  • Possess good manual dexterity with the ability to perform all tasks related to the highest quality patient care.
  • Able to bend, stoop, and crawl on uneven terrain.
  • Able to work in low-light situations and confined spaces.
  • Able to work without distraction by loud noises and flashing lights.
  • Able to accurately discern street signs and addresses.


  • Able to communicate effectively via telephone and radio.
  • Able to interpret oral, written and diagnostic form instructions.
  • Able to read English, roadmaps, and manuals.
  • Able to interview patients, patient family members, and bystanders.
  • Able to document in writing all relevant information in a prescribed format.
  • Able to converse in English with co-workers and hospital staff.


  • Able to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations.
  • Able to work with other providers to make appropriate patient care decisions.
  • Able to calculate weight and volume ratios.
  • Able to function efficiently without interruption throughout an entire work shift.