Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad, Inc

Good EMS doesn't happen by accident.

Thank you for your interest!

Etown-Lewis EMS is always looking for interested, energetic, dedicated folks who want to help people and make a difference in the community.  Below are some of the more common questions we are often asked about volunteering with our agency, but it is by no means every answer to every question.  If you have more questions or concerns about volunteering, please don't hesitate to call our station: (518) 873-2122 or email us at etownlewisems@gmail.com.


How much time does it take to volunteer for an ambulance squad?

Your time commitment can vary from week to week or month to month.  The schedule is very flexible.  The department requires a minimum of 12 hours on call time each month.


Can I still volunteer and work full time?

Absolutely!  If you have a full-time job, you can still volunteer and put your hours in based on your available time.  This could be days, evenings and or weekends. 


I don't know anything about emergency medical services. Can I still volunteer?

No problem!  We'll train you to be a front line emergency medical service provider.  Best of all, it won't cost you anything.  Thousands of valuable career training dollars will be made available to you at no cost. We want you...not your money.


Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses as a volunteer?

Absolutely not!  Your training, equipment, required inoculations, and even your required yearly health physical will be provided for free.


How do I get started as a volunteer?

Call our station: (518) 873-2122
Stop by the station: 8143 US Route 9 in Lewis Monday-Friday 8a-4p for an application, drop us a note at Elizabethtown - Lewis EMS PO Box 443 Elizabethtown, NY 12932 or Contact us via email


What are the requirement to join?

Volunteers must be:

  • 16 years of age to become a Junior member with passing grades and parental consent
  • In good physical health
  • Honest, trustworthy, and of solid moral character
  • A caring, community-minded person
  • A team player
  • An individual who likes a challenge and enjoys the camaraderie of like-minded men and women
So...what do I get in return for my time?
The rewards are priceless!
Giving back to the community, helping a neighbor, saving a life...there is no work more noble, no personal accomplishment more satisfying.
Friendship and camaraderie...your fellow EMS volunteers will become an extended family to you through friendship and shared experiences that will last a lifetime.
Excitement...experiences that will get your heart pounding and your blood flowing like no other work you will ever do.
Respect...from the community.
Do you have what it takes?
The men and women who serve as volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are caring, courageous town residents who lead active lives.  They live their lives like each and every one of us and still find time to give back to their community.  They are teachers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, business people, and local store owners. When they get home, they spend as much time as possible with their families just to show them how much they love them.  Yet somehow, these men and women are different.  They are special!  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they make the lives of all residents of Elizabethtown, Lewis, hamlet of New Russia and other surrounding towns safer and more secure...without ever asking for a thank you or compensation.
                                           They are our "hometown heroes."
Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad...where "Good EMS doesn't happen by accident." 


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Total Calls

Year 2013 - 215

Year 2014 - 286

Year 2015 - 272

Year 2016 - 297

Year 2017 - 268 as of December 15th


The Emergency Squads yearly call volume is 2 times greater than both fire departments combined within our district.  This is after the cancelled calls are deducted from our yearly totals.