Ambulance

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Getting started

If you’re interested in becoming an ambulance officer in New Zealand there is more than one way to get started.

Volunteer Ambulance Officers

Most people start out as volunteers working alongside ambulance officers in the field. As a volunteer you’ll go through the same training ambulance officers.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer you will need to have a good driving record and be able to pass a police check.

Volunteer ambulance officers are also required to commit to a number of shifts in a given time frame.

Ambulance Officers

Many people who become full time officers already have the skills and experience required to take on the role, usually these have been gained by working in another ambulance service or by volunteering.

When you’re applying to be a full-time ambulance officer, the criteria you’ll need to meet includes:

  • Holding a full class ‘1’ New Zealand drivers licence and having a good driving record
  • Completing a reference check and Police clearance
  • Completing a pre-employment medical examination and fitness check
  • Being a New Zealand citizen or have permanent resident status

The best way to kick off a career as an ambulance officer in New Zealand is to contact one of the following organisations.

St John

You can call 0800 ST JOHN, or visit your local office where they’ll take you through the recruitment process or visit www.stjohn.org.nz, and fill in the expression of interest form.

Wellington Free Ambulance (WFA)

For more information on becoming a volunteer ambulance paramedic you can call 04 498 0994 or visit www.wfa.org.nz

Most people start out as volunteers working alongside ambulance officers in the field.