Application Process

Please download the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad Application HERE

Thank you for your interest in the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.  As you may know, HRS is an all-volunteer emergency medical services agency that responds to approximately 8,500 911 calls per year in Harrisonburg City and parts of Rockingham County.

The first step for membership is to participate in an observation shift.  During your observation shift you will be partnered with one of our on-duty volunteer crews to respond on emergency calls, and to participate in shift activities around the station during down time.  These shifts are available daily between 7:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., or 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., and can be self-scheduled at

The above link contains our application for membership that can be downloaded, or a paper copy can be picked up from the station at anytime.  The only certification required for membership is CPR/AED, which can be obtained from places such as Sentara-RMH, Emergency Prep, LC, or the Central Shenandoah Emergency Medical Services Council.  We will accept any certification as long as it encompasses Adult, Child, and Infant CPR with AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) education.

If you have any questions about any of the above please let us know, and we look forward to seeing you at the station in the near future!

Membership Committee 

The Application Process

Applications are due on the 15th of each month. This allows adequate time for the processing of applications, and receipt of background checks prior to the Board of Directors of the following month. It takes approximately 3 months to fully process an application and for accepted members to begin running shifts. Please plan accordingly.
Example Timeline: if a complete application is submitted January 15th, interviews will be at the end of January. Application will be presented to the Board of Directors in February, and if accepted shifts will begin in March.


Pre-Application Submission
Participate in one (mandatory) or two (optional) observer shifts.  These can be self scheduled at  Consider whether you can commit independently demonstrate knowledge, skill and performance competencies to HRS standards within a matter of months.
Application Submission (Due the 15th of each month)
Submit your complete application packet: Application, recent DMV history, copy of current CPR card, Fingerprint card, and copies of other relevant certifications.  Please add to your e-mail contacts to ensure prompt communication regarding your application.
Within a month of submitting a complete application, HRS will contact you for a half-hour interview. The interview will provide HRS the opportunity to describe HRS expectations and the typical HRS member experience. The interview will also provide you the opportunity to convey your interest in and qualifications for membership and to ask any questions you have about membership.
Application Consideration
At the next Board of Directors meeting following the interview, the Board of Directors will consider your application and determine whether to accept you as a member. The Board of Directors typically meets the first Monday of each month.
You will be notified of the Board of Directors’ decision via the email address you provided in your completed application.
Training Academy
Once accepted, new members are expected to attend a Training Academy, which is similar to a new member orientation, either that month or the next. Training Academy typically occurs during an eight-hour period spread out over one weekend.
Probationary Period
After completing Training Academy, new members begin their shifts with HRS. Additionally, these new members are welcome at the station to answer 911 calls or perform administrative duties at any time. 
During the first six months of membership, probationary members participate in training and receive significant support and feedback from HRS.
"…the saving and preservation of human lives; to give aid and assistance to persons in time of peril and disaster” – HRS Articles of Incorporation, 1950     In 1949, citizens from our area worked together to create a volunteer agency named Harrisonburg Rescue...

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1700 Resevoir St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

(540) 434-2323

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