Become a Volunteer EMT

Being a volunteer EMT is a highly rewarding experience but it is also a big commitment that requires not only a lot of time, but also a dedication to service,  professionalism, and confidentiality.

Before you make a decision to apply to New Canaan EMS it is important to understand what is expected of our volunteers.

Our Requirements:

New Canaan EMS volunteers work in teams and are assigned to weekly day or night shifts and one weekend shift a month.  New Canaan EMS also provides its members with monthly continuing medical education seminars to ensure we continue to provide highly skilled state of the art emergency care to our neighbors. 

Before You Apply:

Before filling out an application, we ask candidates to come in for an informational meeting with the membership committee. At this meeting we can provide you with information about the NCEMS and what will be expected of you. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions which will help you determine whether or not New Canaan EMS will fit into your schedule. We stress the importance of applying to New Canaan EMS at a time when you can plan to be in town and available for at least six consecutive months.

Your Application:

All applicants must provide us with three references whom we will contact, a medical form signed by a physician, and a release form which permits us to run a personal background check. Download the application files on the side column.

  • For applicants 21 years or older, you can submit an application even if you are not yet an EMT. 
  • For applicants 16 to 21 years, you must be a certified EMT before your application will be considered.

Riding Shifts:

Once you are accepted at New Canaan EMS, you will be required to complete a series of five drills before you can ride on the ambulance. When you have completed drill #5, you can begin riding as a probationary member which means you are riding as an additional member of a full crew.  Your crew will be responsible for your training and will provide regular  feedback on your progress. Most members are 'probies' for a period of approximately four to six months. After you have experienced a sufficient quantity and variety of calls, and both you and your crew are comfortable that you are ready, you will move to 'active' status.


New Canaan EMS Headquarters
Kelly Daniel, AEMT
Membership Chair
[email protected]