We are a division of the Holmdel First Aid Squad and we are associated with Learning For Life at Boy Scouts of America. Currently the 2017-2018 roster consists of 20 Explorers, about 10 of which are fully certified EMT’s that ride on night and day crews alongside adult EMT’s to 911 calls. Everyday of the week is covered by assigned explorers ready to help their community.
Who Is Eligible To Apply?
Please note that being eligible to apply does not necessarily constitute acceptance into the program.
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be …:
16 or 17 years – Going into their Junior Year.
In good academic standing.
Of good health and can pass a doctor administered physical examination.
Willing to undergo the minimum commitment (listed below).
Have a passion for helping the community in an emergency setting.
What Do We Do?
We provide high school students an opportunity to give back to the community by aiding Holmdel Residents during any and all “medical emergencies” incurred by Holmdel Residents, and on occasion, surrounding towns.
What Do We Mean By “Medical Emergency”?
We use the term “Medical Emergency” to mean any injury or illness that is acute and poses an immediate risk to a person's life or long term health. Such events include, but are not limited to, bleeding control, pregnancies/patients in labor, heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and any traumatic injuries, especially those caused by falls and motor vehicle collisions.
Parents & Applicants
Please be aware that, if accepted, the commitment required by each explorer in this program is a large undertaking. It is NOT like any afterschool activity. It requires a lot of time; training and practice (please see the minimum commitment outlined below). As a result, we tend to be more accepting of applicants who are sophomores and 1st semester juniors who meet the minimum eligibility. Admittance of any applicant who is in his/her 2nd semester junior year or is in his/her senior year is at the sole discretion of the Explorer Program Advisor.
Applicants & Parents, this is the minimum commitment for participating in the explorer program. All the commitments below must be met before an explorer is allowed to treat anyone during an actual medical emergency. Additionally, each explorer is required to maintain good academic standing at Holmdel High School (or the applicable academic institution).
The Holmdel First Aid Squad will either provide the training below or will sponsor the training.
1. Annual (1)-hour Blood Born Pathogens Course hosted in Holmdel.
2. (6)-hour American Health Association based CPR for BLS Professionals course
3. (240)-hour NJ State EMT Training (OBTAINED BY THEIR SENIOR YEAR)
4. 2 (2)-hour meetings per month.
5. 1 (4)-hour duty shift per week. (15 hours/points min. per month)