Open to Mendham Borough residents, ages 16 and up!
Our Cadet & College Student Program is designed to give high school and college students living in Mendham Borough increased familiarity with first aid activities.
Cadet (and College) members are required to obtain AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers certifications, and to pursue EMT certifications while involved with the Mendham First Aid Squad.
Once certified, Cadets may respond and ride with senior EMTs on most call types, assist with Rig Checks every Sunday morning, and take part in other squad activities. Cadets are also expected to attend ongoing training and squad meetings in order to maintain current EMT certifications and general awareness of policies and procedural changes.
There are a limited number of Cadet Program memberships accepted each year.
Cadet membership also gives students insight and access to scholarship and other opportunities provided by the NJ State First Aid Council, of which the Mendham First Aid Squad participates in as part of the 8th District; the 200 Club of Morris County; and other relevant organizations.
See below for Frequently Asked Questions regarding our Cadet and College Student Program.
Parents of Cadet members accepted in to the program are highly encouraged to also apply and join the Mendham First Aid Squad, as a driver, EMR, or EMT.
Cadet Program FAQs
Do I have to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to join?
No. Cadet members may apply at 16 years old, and may be accepted with a clear commitment and plan identified to complete an approved EMT course and obtain NJ State or NREMT certifications. Cadet members may not ride along or respond to calls (with limited exceptions) until they have completed their EMT course. However, Cadet members are expected to full participate in squad activities, including rig check, training and other meetings or events in order to gain an increased understanding of squad roles and activities.
Will I be required to respond to calls late at night?
No. Cadet member are not allowed to respond to calls before 6am or after 11pm, as we view school as the top priority over any squad activities for these members.Cadet members are also limited in the types of calls they can respond to, excluding those involving minors, psychological situations, domestic violence situations, or other traumatic events that as deemed significant by Sr. EMTs leading call responses. .
I live in Mendham Township or Chester - Can I join?
Regrettably, no. Priority is given to Mendham Borough residents, as there are a limited number of Cadet Program slots available each year. We still encourage you to pursue an EMT certification, as other organizations (including many Universities) provide opportunities for certified EMTs.
Can I also join another First Aid Squad or the Mendham Fire Department?
No. We recognize that time commitments to the First Aid Squad must be balanced against school, work and family responsibilities as well. We feel that simultaneous membership with other first aid squads or fire departments would be extremely difficult and disruptive to our Cadets. For this reason, we ask Cadet students to commit their time and energy to pursuing EMT certifications and supporting the Mendham First Aid Squad as their primary volunteer activity.
How can I apply?
Interested Cadets (with parental approval and commitment) should contact us through this website. Cadets and their parents are encouraged to arrange time to speak directly with squad members during our Sunday Rig Check activities.