Membership Details

Prospective (Probationary) Membership

Upon completion of an EMT course, national registration and certification by the state, you will have what is needed to work as an EMT. The EMRS probationary period helps you expand on your skills and experiences, transitioning you from classroom to the field. The EMRS squad and agencies in San Francisco City and County will help you gain experience during this transition period. You will also learn about how EMRS works, our unique protocols and expectations and establish professional relationships with the EMT’s, university and the San Francisco EMS community.

Active Squad membership

Any student who successfully completes an EMT-Basic course and receives California EMT certification and becomes accredited by the San Francisco City and County is allowed to apply for a position with EMRS. Applicants will be evaluated on several criteria, including experience, knowledge of required skills and topics. Once accepted, EMTs will attend membership orientation, complete necessary background and health clearance, fulfill training requirements and observer shifts before being granted active membership in the squad or during the probationary semester. Upon successful completion of these tasks, they will be granted full membership.

Time Commitment

There are different levels of involvement with the EMRS making an exact time commitment difficult to predict. Below are the minimum hourly and meeting requirements per academic semester, unless otherwise indicated.

Position Minimum Commitment
Shifts (Squad members ONLY) At least one 12 hour shift a month & at least one weekly 3 hour shift; August-Dec or Jan-May
Officer Meetings One meeting a month; 2 hours each (must not miss more than 2 meetings a semester)
General Membership Meetings One meeting a month; August-Dec or Jan-May
Continuing Education (Squad Members ONLY) 6 hours offered each semester (Must stay up to date with CEU requirement)
CPR Instructors ONLY Must teach a minimum of 2 courses a semester

Training for Active Squad Membership

USF offers a 4 unit credit course through the College of Nursing & Health Professions (Health Services 205), an EMT B course, three times a year. The course is held at the Hilltop Campus at the University of San Francisco. This course is available to both current USF students, and members of the community.

If you are already a certified EMT or you did not get your EMT-Basic certification at USF, you are just as welcome. Many community colleges offer EMT training classes either during the regular school year or during the summer. Any student who successfully completes an outside EMT-Basic course and receives a California EMS certification is allowed to apply for a position with EMRS. Applicants will be evaluated on several criteria, including knowledge of required skills and topics. Once accepted, EMTs will attend membership orientation, submit health, background and certification clearance and fulfill observer shifts. Upon successful completion of these tasks, they will be granted full squad membership.

Squad Members Clearance Requirements

Entry into the EMRs squad requires students to have health requirement clearance, background check, occupational health screening (OSHA), respirator mask fit testing, drug testing, CPR and EMT certification verification and university academic and conduct standards review. The first set of health requirements submitted requires extensive documentation of immunization history.