The Jackson County Rescue squad has a fairly straightforward application process outlined below:
1. Come to our meetings on any Tuesday night and get a tour, talk to an officer, or get an idea of what we are about(saving lives). We routinely train every Tuesday night with a number of training on weekends. Our Tuesday meeting is a great time to come see what goes on prior to starting the application.
2. Complete an application along with 3 letters of reference (not immediate family), a driving history, and criminal record check. The application can be downloaded and printed from this site at:http://www.jacksonrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/JCRS_ApplicationV1_1.pdf . Three letters of reference are required and should not be immediate family. Driving history can be obtained many places including: your insurance company, DMV, online (it does not need to be certified history). Criminal History in the county you reside. Criminal history does not need to be certified and most Clerk of Court offices have self serve non-certified you can print off.
3. Our department votes on business including new applications on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Most bring completed applications in on any Tuesday and attend each Tuesday until they are voted on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This is highly recommended.
4. If voted on as probationary member, there are two stages to this period. For a total of 6 months you will be in either your 2 month stage (no issued equipment, can attend training, no emergency traffic, can goto calls if at station with others) or 4 month stage (some equipment may be issued, pending Captain approval ability to drive). Training is very important during this 6 month period as well as helping with station duties.
5. Our requirements are straightforward, you must complete the Technical Rescue Training in General and at least one specialty within 3 years of joining the squad (Must receive IFSAC code from state). Classes are offered continuously by community colleges and departments and are work friendly schedules. Many are one night a week and if at our department are on Tuesday nights from 7 until 10/11. You must get 36 hours of training per year. Training is provided at no cost. Ideally all members should attend as much as possible but your commitment should be to come whenever possible. We expect our call volume to be between 350 to 400 calls per year. We do not have any geographic requirements but its taken into consideration by the membership and its suggested that Jackson or surrounding counties. We do allow members to join that are on another department(paid or volunteer).
If you have any interest in helping others, saving lives, and any technical operations including: Diving, Ropes, Machinery, Swift-water, Extrication, Structure Collapse, Trench Rescue, Rafting, Kayaking, Hiking, Search/Rescue, All Terrain Vehicles, Off Roading etc you will likely gain valuable experience and training. Our members receive training recognized at the state and federal level. We have some of the most advanced equipment in the area for Technical Rescue. Helping someone in need or saving a life is, for most, one of the most rewarding opportunities at any department. If you are interesting in joining or just want to see what its about please stop by any Tuesday Night at 6:30. Our station 2 is located off Hwy 116 above he Golden Age center which is directly across from NCDOT on Hwy 116.