For over 50 years, the volunteers of the Sun City Emergency Squad have been providing life-saving care to area residents.

Since the early 60’s, the Sun City Center Emergency Squad has been providing critical emergency services to the community. The squad is composed of volunteers, and they are always looking for area residents to volunteer.

Today, there are 440 volunteers. They provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days a year. The Squad is always looking for people who may be interested in helping on ambulances and wheelchair vans. Positions include Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other positions, including IT specialists, vehicle maintenance and cooks are needed.

You do not need to prior medical experience to qualify. The Squad will train you and provide all of the necessary uniforms. In addition, you do not need to be a resident of Sun City Center to be a part of the Squad.

Volunteers must undergo a criminal background check, certification in appropriate care techniques and a physical. Additionally, volunteers must provide letters of reference and a detailed work history.

If you are interested, the Squad hosts a monthly Information Program on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The nextInformation Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m. at the Training Building located at 124 S. Pebble Beach in Sun City Center.

Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support services to the community. It is estimated that the Squad, which is licensed by the State of Florida as a Basic Life Support Emergency Unit, averages 5,000 emergency runs per year. All of the Squad’s services are free including blood pressure screenings that are offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Squad started out using a hearse for transportation. Now they have four ambulances. It has grown from 20 volunteers to 440 volunteers. There is a new training center and a fully renovated and expanded headquarters. Despite these tremendous improvements and growth in numbers of both emergency calls and volunteers, they have always kept their mission and motto of Neighbors Helping Neighbors the same.

For information, visit http://sccems.com or call 633-1411.