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Become a Volunteer Today

Whether you have 10 years of EMS experience or no years of EMS experience we welcome all those who are interested in becoming a part of our team to apply. Want to help but not on an ambulance? COCVAC is looking for volunteers to assist with daily operations and administrative duties, help with special programs, and to provide the community with expanded services.


Adult Members (18+)


Life-and-death situations are just part of the job for COCVAC Volunteers. From responding to emergencies to administrative duties and community service, all our volunteers work side by side with Hospital Staff, Fire Departments, and Law Enforcement officials to save lives and provide care.


Unlike many other public service agencies, COCVAC has no residency restrictions. Volunteers come from across Central New York, including from Oriskany Falls, Camden, Oneida, and Herkimer. No experience in the healthcare field? We welcome everyone, From Students and Teachers to Software Engineers and Accountants our volunteers come from a range of outside experiences.

COCVAC Junior Members at St Lukes Hospital Patient Simulation Lab
Junior Members (14-17)


COCVAC’s Junior Membership Program provides local Middle School and High School students, between the ages of 14 and 18, an opportunity to gain introductory medical skills and knowledge and learn how to work as a team while conducting healthcare related tasks used every day by EMTs, Nurses and Doctors.


Participants will Achieve certifications, including CPR, First Aid, Incident Command, and those over the age of 16 will have an opportunity to become a New York State Certified First Responder. Experience the different parts of the healthcare field by participating in EMS skills sessions, mock drills, field trips, and other activities.

Benifits to Volunteering 


From helping your neighbors and bettering your community there are many benifits to volunteering with COCVAC.  Including:


  • New York State Income Tax Credit of $250

  • Internet Access - Work from the station while you volunteer

  • Uniforms, portable radios, & Vehicle Decals provided for free

  • Free Training and State Level Certifications

  • Free CME Training for ACLS, PALS, & Other related Courses

  • Health checkups, Immunizations, & Annual Flu Shot

  • Leadership - opportunities to serve in elected or appointed positions

  • Make new friends during regular social outings and activities

  • Get the training and skills needed to expand your career

  • Experience new things as part of something bigger than yourself

Become a Volunteer Today


All volunteers must pass a background and reference check. Volunteers on our Ambulances MUST have a valid driver's license and pass a DMV check. Additionally, Adult Members on our Ambulances must conduct one 6 hour shift every week, or one 12 hour shift every two weeks. Special Volunteer Categories exist for students and others not able to meet the shift requirements.


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