Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) is part of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. It is unique because it is all-volunteer run nights and weekends, and it is owned and maintained primarily by the volunteers. WVRS has rescue squad vehicles, basic life support ambulances, and advanced life support ambulances. It is staffed by Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
I was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for two years, from age 16 to 18. During that time, I rode ambulances and paramedic units in response to 911 calls and assisted in providing emergency medical care and transportation to local hospitals. I trained to be an Officer-In-Charge on the basic life support ambulance, which involved a month-long EMT-B certification course and at least a year of on-the-job training. I was promoted at age 18 and continued for three months, before departing to college at MIT.
I joined WVRS after learning about it from my sister April Jorge, who volunteered there for many years before completing medical school. I wanted to volunteer in the community and help people directly. I wanted to learn about medicine as a career option while making a tangible impact.
I loved my time at WVRS for its dedicated volunteers and the incredible life experience, although I decided at the end of my time there that medicine was not the best career choice for me. Still, I was inspired to apply an engineering career to improving quality of life for people, including health and happiness.