Dear Prospective Member:


We are pleased you are interested in becoming a member of the Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad (PMES). We are seeking committed individuals who wish to contribute their time and talent to the community as an active member of our organization. Before you complete the attached application, we urge you to read this letter completely so that you have an understanding of the application process and the level of commitment required.

PMES has been a proud part of Middletown Township and surrounding communities since 1959.

We have two categories of Membership, Active riding members and Associate members.

To be considered an ACTIVE RIDING MEMBER of PMES, members must be 18 years of age and participate at least 6 hrs of ride time per week. Active members are also encouraged to attend training classes held at the main station. Monthly meetings are also held at the station the second Friday or Saturday of each month and you are encouraged to attend the meetings during your 13 weeks of probation. Active riding members are ones where his/her primary interest is riding the ambulance and providing EMS care and are certified as an Emergency Medical Technician ( EMT-B or EMT-P ) by the Department of Health of PA. A career in EMS is not a pre-requisite for active riding members. PMES encourages active members to become an EMT within a year or two of becoming a member of PMES.

All new members will go through an In-Station Orientation class. Following that, members are required to watch and take a test on the following subjects: HIPPA, Blood Bourne pathogens. A third subject that will also be covered: Sexual harassment. All are mandatory prior to riding or being allowed into the building as a probationary member.

As you can see, becoming a volunteer at PMES does take time and dedication. We believe it is important that you know the level of commitment that is necessary to become a fully active member so that you can make appropriate decisions about whether you have the time and can make the commitment to become a member of PMES. While it may seem like a great deal of time, we try to schedule training activities on evenings and weekends.

Your fully completed application, Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance History, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Background check certificates should be dropped off or mailed in a sealed envelope to:
Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad
616 E. Lincoln Hwy
Langhorne, PA 19047
Attn: Chairperson of Membership Committee

A volunteer from the Membership Committee will contact you to set up a personal interview. Please read the attached application as to the items you need to furnish at your scheduled interview.

You will be contacted within 5 to 10 working days of the membership committee’s receipt of the following to schedule an interview:

The information below is related to Background Checks/Clearances for:

PENNSYLVANIA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Child Abuse History Clearance Online:  https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK INSTRUCTIONS
Below is the link to the Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check form (SP4-164):
http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/form/s_001769.pdf
Applicants can also go to the Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History website and apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form (SP4 164), please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK INSTRUCTIONS
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is utilizing Cogent Systems to process fingerprint-based FBI criminal background checks. The fingerprint based background check is a multiple step process. For more information and to begin the registration process, go to www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm. For question about your FBI Clearance, please contact the FBI/Adam Walsh Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422.
NOTE: After being voted into membership you can apply for a reimbursement for the above fees. Please save your receipts. No reimbursement can be issued without receipts.

We look forward to receiving your application.  Should you have additional questions or if you have not been contacted by someone from the Membership Committee within 10 days from when your application was submitted, please contact Chairperson Zachary Cooperman using the following contact information:

Zachary Cooperman
Membership Committee, Chairperson
(Cell) 267-549-5139
zcooperman@pmems.org

Sincerely,
The Membership Committee