Our greatest ongoing need is for DRIVERS, so if you haven’t got medical training or certification but do have a current driver’s license, you can be one of our drivers. We will train you to be a safe and patient-friendly driver, and we’ll train you through our Emergency Vehicle Operators Course.
You’ll get experience helping your medic or crew with patients, and you’ll get to know the ambulance and it’s equipment in intricate detail because you’re counted on to help in emergencies. If you like the work, we’ll help you with your training to become a New York State Certified First Responder or an Emergency Medical Technician.
If you already have emergency medical training or certification, we can use you as a crew member, and we’ll help you keep up with and improve your level of training with peer support and Paramedics on hand to answer questions, review protocols and information, practice procedures, and help you prepare for testing.
All TIERS members are required to complete in-house training and orientation , to get immunizations as required by the New York State Department of Health, and to complete the Federal Emergency Management Agency IS-100 and IS-700 online Incident Command System courses.
During orientation we provide uniform pants, a TIERS T-shirt, an ID badge and a windbreaker type coat. There are all-weather jackets available for use as well as protective coats and helmets for use in hazardous emergency operations. You are also covered by insurance if you are injured while on duty.
On completion of orientation all new members are given a fully-stocked first aid kit for use in a car, boat or at home. The kit contains supplies for large and small injuries and a first aid reference/guide book.
Download a printable application: Thousand Islands Rescue Membership Application (PDF)
Or complete the Thousand Islands Rescue Online Application
TIERS members are recognized for what they do for the organization, it’s members, and for the community. Every member has their own skills and life experience that they add, and volunteers who are not EMTs or Paramedics are no exception. Service pins and plaques are just a few of the ways that the Board of Directors and management of TIERS recognizes members for their contributions of time, energy and expertise. We know that there are a lot of things that can occupy people’s time, and the sacrifices that people make for TIERS and for their neighbors are what makes the system work so well.
TIERS keeps up on the latest emergency medical technology and works to provide cutting-edge equipment, like the Lifepak 15 advanced cardiac monitor (right), and we are only the second agency in Jefferson County to implement electronic medical records of our calls, well in advance of the deadline set by federal regulation.
OUR COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY
Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service doesn’t stop caring when the doors close at the emergency room. Our crews make follow-up visits to patients at home to see how they are feeling, how they’re doing medically, and try to answer any questions about their care.
We do regular blood pressure screenings at senior citizen’s centers in Clayton and LaFargeville. We also provide medical coverage for community events like the Clayton fireworks show, events at The Clayton Antique Boat Museum and the Clayton Arena, the Jefferson County Fair, and for many area schools’ athletic events. We also provide staff and equipment for school programs like Fire Prevention Week and EMS Week, and we host class tours of our facilities and the ambulances to help children understand what we do, to not be afraid of us if they’re ever a patient, and how to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. We also do community education programs for the elderly on fall prevention and Babysitter Safety training as routine.
Have we told you enough? The time that it takes TIERS to serve the River communities is increasing with more calls for our services. We need you to become a TIERS volunteer. Your neighbors and friends need you. Your community needs you. Volunteers make sure that an ambulance can arrive at your house quickly if ever a member of your family needs us.
To join TIERS, please print and complete the Thousand Islands Rescue Membership Application (PDF), or click here to complete the application online.
If you have questions or concerns, explore this website. If you’d like to look things over in person, please stop by TIERS at 100 Union St. in Clayton, or contact us with any questions.