Emergency Medical Responder

Volunteer with your local sub-centre as a Emergency Medical Responder. Attend emergency and non-emergency ambulance calls, as well as other duties as required.

Commitment: 60 hours annually
Location: Regional
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Hours of commitment is based on 1 shift plus training per month. Please note this figure varies for each regional town.

Vacancies exist for suitably motivated individuals to fill voluntary positions of Emergency Medical Responder. Duties include attending emergency and non-emergency ambulance jobs and attending training to maintain skills.

Is this you?

  • Are you interested in community based volunteer work?
  • Are you over the age of 18 and hold an unencumbered Australian driver's licence?
  • Can you easily work solo but also part of a team?

What the role involves

  • Participate in the sub centre roster to attend ambulance jobs. This includes emergency situations and routine patient transfers 
  • Attend training regularly to maintain skills 
  • Complete accurate records for ambulance calls 
  • Work effectively with your partner on ambulance calls and with other members of the sub centre  
  • Act in a way that promotes a positive image of the organisation at all times 
  • General duties associated with maintaining vehicles and the sub centre to the required standard 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Provide First Aid course completed with St John (provided at no extra cost)
  • Unencumbered C Class Driver’s Licence 
  • Medically and physically fit 
  • Able to communicate effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds 
  • Able to remain calm under pressure 
  • Enjoy helping people 
Skills you will develop

Emergency Medical Responders receive the highest quality training which equips them with the essential skills required for this role.

  • Ambulance Driver training 
Free Training Available

Volunteering locations

There are 160 St John locations across regional Western Australia, which includes 120 sub centres that are full volunteer-run locations. In addition, there are more than 30 sub centres with a mix of Volunteer Ambulance team members and Career and Community Paramedics working side-by-side.

Additional information

Benefits to you
  • Free ambulance cover for yourself, spouse and dependents, as specified by St John Ambulance WA 
  • Free uniform
  • Free training in all skills and clinical training relating to your volunteer role
  • Annual St John Conference and dinner dance in Perth, to which all volunteers are invited, with cost heavily subsidised.
  • National and international recognition for your volunteering and community contribution
  • Access to all Volunteer Member Benefits including corporate discounts and other ad hoc offers and specials.

Required documentation 

To become a volunteer with St John WA, you will be asked to complete an online application, including a medical questionnaire and the following:

  • National Police Clearance (valid within the past 6 months)
  • Current unencumbered drivers’ licence (no Probationary or Learner drivers, and no more than 7 demerit points)
Ongoing training

All our volunteers are provided with the necessary training to enable them to carry out their role. To continue to operate in your role, you must maintain the competencies required and an appropriate level of fitness as roles are physically demanding.


All information concerning our volunteers is treated as strictly confidential at all times.


Your volunteering for St John Ambulance should not cost you anything. We will reimburse all legitimate out of pocket expenses incurred during your time volunteering with us. You should talk to your supervisor to confirm what expenses you can claim.

Award & recognition

St John Ambulance has a long history of recognising the outstanding contributions volunteers make to the organisation. We seek to recognise all volunteers and there are a number of distinguished national awards that you can be eligible for including our internal reward and recognition program.

Workplace Behaviour Policy

Volunteers at St John are expected to abide by the work place behaviour policy and relevant procedures. The policy and procedures are available for view on the intranet.

Safety Injury & Support Services

Volunteers will be informed of the Occupational Safety and Health requirements applicable to volunteers. Safety Injury and Support Services provide extensive information about their services and policies on the intranet.

Wellbeing & Support Services

St John places a very high value on the health and wellbeing of their volunteers and provides an extensive support network through its confidential Wellbeing and Support program, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.