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Have you ever thought about becoming an ambulance volunteer?
Take the step today.
It's easier than you think.

In regional South Australia more than 1500 volunteers make up a network of over 80 volunteer teams for SA Ambulance Service. Volunteers provide professional emergency ambulance and patient transfer services within their communities.

As a volunteer ambulance officer you will gain the skills and confidence to take control in an emergency situation and to save the lives of others. The personal satisfaction and self-esteem that comes with this is immeasurable. But as well as learning life-saving medical skills, other life skills will get a boost – like decision making, team and leadership abilities. And our volunteers are trained in safe, defensive driving: that's something you'll call on every day.

As a prospective volunteer, you'll have qualities that we recognise as important – your compassion, your commitment to the community and your willingness to learn are just a few. SA Ambulance Service wants to build on what you bring.

For more information or to be sent an information pack, call 1800 655 306 or email your contact details, including your postal address, to

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Make volunteering a part of your lifestyle

SA Ambulance Service volunteers often lead busy lives, so we aim to keep volunteering as simple as possible. When volunteers are on call, they are free to go about their normal lives as long as they stay within the local town area. Our volunteers are in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties and even seventies. And what they have to say about volunteering is very revealing.

Statements like "This is the most rewarding job I've ever had" and "I only wish that I did this years earlier" are common.

To be a volunteer you will be willing to undertake an average of 30 rostered hours a month and participate in at least two training sessions a month.

Volunteer requirements

To become an ambulance volunteer, you will need to:

  • meet medical and fitness requirements
  • have criminal history checks
  • hold and retain a current full, South Australian driver's licence.

Your training and education

Once accepted, training is free and when you complete it, you will achieve a Certificate IV in Health Care (Ambulance) that is recognised in all states and territories in Australia.

You will also receive Apply First Aid and Apply Advanced First Aid certificates from SA Ambulance Service, a valuable addition to any resume and useful for external employment and studies.

More information about training can be found here.

Looking for life changers

If you’re passionate about contributing to your community, are enthusiastic, team-oriented, live an active life and want to learn life skills, we want to hear from you. The process is simple and takes the following steps:

  • application
  • interview
  • medical assessment
  • criminal history checks.

Just as volunteering is a matter of choice, being an ambulance officer isn’t for everyone. Why not become a support volunteer? In this role you’ll give your time to administrative work, gardening, equipment maintenance, participation on a committee or running recruitment campaigns for your local ambulance team.

It doesn't matter who you are, you've got something to give. And here's the perfect opportunity to give it. SA Ambulance Service volunteers are vital for our country communities, so we’d love to hear from you.

If you’re ready to change your life and the lives of others or want to find out more about volunteering:


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