Paramedic Student Bunk-In Scholarship
Student Application and Informational Packet
Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service Inc.
100 Union Street P.O. Box 524
Clayton, New York 13624
Dear JCC Paramedic Student:
Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS), is proud to introduce an innovative scholarship
opportunity program for a student who is enrolled in the Paramedic Program at Jefferson Community
College. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and
other regional rescue agencies, we are offering the Paramedic Student Bunk-in Program.
Based on similar programs in the greater Syracuse area for Fire Technology students who attend
Onondaga Community College, if you are the successful candidate we are offering you:
♦free student housing at our busy EMS station
♦a $1500.00 per semester scholarship
♦a laptop computer that you keep after graduation
♦mentors to help you learn your skills and studies
You’ll be required to remain in good standing in the JCC Paramedic Program and become a full TIERS
volunteer and commit to a minimum schedule of regular on-duty call assignments. You’ll work side by
side with outstanding Paramedics and you’ll observe, learn and practice the information and techniques
you’ll be learning in class.
Two former TIERS volunteers are now paid New York State Paramedics, thanks in part to their training and
experience working in TIERS ambulances.
Enclosed is a more detailed explanation of the program, how you would participate in the program, and
an application for the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and Scholarship.
This is a great opportunity if you’re a serious EMT/student Paramedic who wants to make saving lives a
career. We look forward to you joining our family of dedicated EMS workers.
Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue
100 Union Street P.O. Box 524
Clayton, New York 13624
Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and Scholarship
Program Goals and Objectives
The fundamental goal of the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and Scholarship is to graduate
a Paramedic from the Jefferson Community College Paramedic Program who is likely to begin
an EMS career with TIERS or another EMS agency in Northern New York.
Second, we will place an increasingly-skilled EMS provider in the field caring for patients in our
own communities to enhance TIERS’ mission and public goodwill.
Last, it places a graduate into the medical workforce who is likely to put money back into our
region’s economy as an employee, homeowner and taxpayer.
The TIERS Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program addresses six primary issues:
Partners with our local Community College to address a regional need for trained ALS
Places a student in a structured environment offering valuable hands-on clinical training
capabilities that will help the student to complete the Paramedic Program
The student “earns” his/her scholarship by becoming a TIERS volunteer crew member,
answering emergency calls in our service area
Provide continued academic mentoring and supervision to help the student graduate
from the Paramedic Program
Instills the core values and ethics of volunteerism, goodwill, community support and
service to others that will stay with the student for a lifetime
Help meet the need for highly-trained Emergency Medical Service providers by creating
a motivated career Paramedic
TIERS will offer a scholarship for $1500.00 per semester that will begin at the start of the first
year or fall 2011 entrance to the Jefferson Community College Paramedic Degree Program. The
scholarship is given in biweekly monetary increments throughout the program duration as a
stipend for meals, transportation expenses and other student-related costs
The scholarship period will begin the first day of the commencement of the August classes. The
scholarship will continue into subsequent semesters as long as the student remains in good
standing with the Paramedic Program and maintains their TIERS membership.
This scholarship provided by TIERS will also offer the student:
Housing in the form of a dorm room with a bed, dresser, desk, refrigerator, television and
normal amenities of housing (valued at $750.00 per month)
A free laptop computer that they cna keep if they graduate from the JCC Paramedic
Study area, kitchen, laundry, shower and other TIERS crew room facilities
Hands-on experience and added clinical and classroom training by mentors or TIERS
What does TIERS ask of the student?
The bunk-in scholarship student must become and remain a volunteer member of
TIERS. This is essential because the student—as a volunteer member--will be covered
by the Jefferson County Self Insured program for liability purposes. TIERS will also
provide a special liability policy umbrella for the student
The student must be—and remain—a New York State Emergency Medical Technician
throughout the scholarship period
The student will enter into a contract with TIERS which will spell out the terms of the
scholarship provided to the student, and the expectations of the student to TIERS
The contract would outline the criteria for student grades and clinical performance to
keep the scholarship intact during the scholarship period
Expected “on duty hours” of 24 hours per week during school weeks* and summer
duty activities for up to two weeks. These schedules are prepared well in advance to
allow for changes requested for school, personal and travel schedules, but may include
some weekend and holiday duties based on TIERS’ need to cover special events,
* EMS skills must be practiced continuously, especially Advanced Life Support patient assessment, decision-making
and practical skills. We only require 24 hours a week of on-call duty, but certainly encourage as much on-the-job time
as the student is willing to spend without affecting their life and studies
Project and Student Activities
The expected routine is that the student attend his/her regular classes at Jefferson Community
College and engage in the clinical portions of the Paramedic Program at regional hospitals or
other clinical sites as is customary for the program. During the weekday, evening, or weekends,
the student will be a TIERS volunteer for a minimum of 24 hours per week* as designated by
TIERS or the Program Coordinator.
During TIERS duty hours, the on-duty Paramedic or ALS provider (or other designee), will act
as mentor and educator while on ambulance calls and--as student need dictates—help the student
understand concepts and information and practice clinical or practical skills. This is a key
program feature and a primary goal of this program: providing the serious Paramedic
student with a superior learning opportunity and continued encouragement and support
through graduation. It is TIERS’ intent to help our students finish the JCC Paramedic
Program and encourage them to stay in Northern New York to start and grow their career.
Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS), is the 9-1-1 ambulance provider for the Towns of
Orleans and Clayton in Jefferson County, New York along the St. Lawrence River bordering Canada.
TIERS was formed in 2003 to provide the highest-quality 24/7/365 ALS service to our local communities
using career and volunteer staff. At only five years old, TIERS was named the New York State
Department of Health’s EMS Agency of the Year for 2008 its commitment to community education,
health promotion, injury prevention and several other outreach programs and our service to neighboring
TIERS has always had a strong core values system and a friends-and-family atmosphere to
encourage sharing of personal and professional experiences across many disciplines. Our
command structure has accountability embedded in the leadership and promotes the value of
continued training and education. Our members feel the pride of doing an important job for the
communities that we serve—and the support and goodwill that we get back.
Please visit www.ti-rescue.org for in-depth information about our coverage area, equipment,
history, news, membership support and community information and instructional programs.
Our membership knows that there is something important and vital at stake; it is often their
friends, neighbors and even relatives that they are helping in times of life-threatening emergency.
Our people excel in the things that may not seem important from the outside: a nice uniform,
clean and well-equipped ambulances, sitting down for a meal together as a group, discussing
local issues of importance and creating a cohesive team that make excellent role models. This is
a key to making a student welcome and feel like he or she has found a new home.
We also sponsor a Junior Membership Program welcoming area youth from ages 15 to 18 for the
opportunity to experience EMS and the rewards of community service. One of our former Junior
Members is now a paid career Paramedic.
This is the environment that we offer to our Paramedic Bunk-in Program student. This team can
mentor a student into a community-minded young adult who realizes “the bigger picture” of
community service, of emergency services and of the lives of everyone around him. This is
another key to make a student welcome and feel at home.
TIERS members don’t join and jump into the ambulance the same day. There is a routine of
orientation and a ride-along period—even for those experienced with other ambulance services--
to get to know our ambulances and their equipment, learn the local protocols and their co-
workers’ procedures, and become safe and compassionate ambulance drivers. Bunk-in students
must learn TIERS by-laws and operating procedures like any regular new volunteer member. At
TIERS, it is a personal responsibility to “share the load” and be a small part that makes the
Orientation Procedures are listed on the last page of this packet.
The concept of a bunk-in program associated with community colleges is not new, but it is new
to our region, our area EMS agencies, our Regional Councils and Jefferson Community College.
We believe that this is only the second bunk-in program for EMS students in New York outside
of the New York City metro area.
Agencies such as TIERS that think strategically realize that we are already having difficulties in
many areas of emergency services, specifically Emergency Medical Services. Recruitment and
retention of volunteers and trained employees in the face of always-increasing training
requirements, and the availability of people to answer emergency calls—especially during the
workday—are two of the most pressing issues.
Many of these problems are forecast to get worse, and cannot be solved overnight; they need
cooperative planning, coordination and oversight to meet the needs of our patients and
The Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program addresses the problem of the shortage of Advanced
Life Support/Paramedic personnel in Northern New York. Together with the Fort Drum
Regional Health Planning Organization, we will work to expand this program to more EMS
agencies in our region.
TIERS Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program Scholarship
Applicant must be a resident of Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego or St. Lawrence County who is
attending the JCC Paramedic Degree program and is and remains a New York State Emergency
Applicant must be willing to reside on premises at TIERS in a capacity as a volunteer with the
Any unusual hardships and special family or personal circumstances should be described in the
Scholarship awards will be up to $1,500.00 for each semester the student remains in good
standing with the program and TIERS
Read all materials completely so that you thoroughly understand what is offered, the criteria,
and what is expected of you.
Complete the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Write your essay, answering the question listed on the application, and include it with your
Request that your high school and any colleges you have attended send an official transcript of
your grades to date to TIERS at the address below, attention: Rolly Churchill, Executive Director.
Proofread your application and check it for completion. Mail or hand deliver your application,
including your essay, to TIERS, P.O. Box 524, 100 Union St. Clayton NY 13624
City, State, ZIP ________________________________________County___________________
Phone (home) _______________ (cell) ____________________
Name of Parent/Guardian (if applicable) ___________________________________________
Marital Status (if applicable) _______________
High School__________________________________Graduation or GED Date_____________
NYS EMT Number _____________EMT Level: ___________ Expiration Date _______________
Fire/EMS Agenc(ies) To Which You Belong: __________________________________________
College Attending in Fall 2011 (or applied to): J.C.C. ____ Please List Any Other College
Courses Being Taken And The School Name: _________________________________________
Previous Colleges Attended (if any)_________________________________________________
Do you have any unusual hardships and special family or personal circumstances that you feel TIERS
should be aware of in considering your application? (Add separate sheet if needed.)
On a separate sheet of paper, please write an essay answering the
following question with a minimum of 150 words:
“Why do you feel that TIERS should make you the candidate to become a part of
the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and invest in your future?”
TIERS Orientation Procedures
Application /Manatory Items Personal Safety Patient Lifting and Moving
New Applicant Procedures Personal Safety on Calls Stretcher Use
Application / ANSI Vests – location - use Backboards – location, cleaning, decon
Personal Health Records on File PPE’s location - use Immobilization
Physical Assessment/Exam/ Jeff Co. Self Ins. Facility Safety / Combination to Door Stabilization
Orientation Uniform – Pants / Shirt / Windbrk Infection Control Procedures Head Immobilization
Uniform Policy MSDS Rapid Extrication
Picture ID Completed Communications CPR / CPR Refresher / MegaCode Practice
Work Rules OPS 500 Safety / Portable Use Procedures
Work Rules Statement Safety / Mobile use / Procedures ALS Assist Skills
Membership Requirements OPS 200 Daily Setting up Cardiac Monitor
Mandatory Station Rules Changing Batteries in LP
ICS 100 Daily Activity Log IV Bag Set Up 10ggt / 60gtt
ICS 200 Daily Duties / Monthly Vehicle Checks Saline Lock Set Up
1CS 700 Community Service Rounds BGL / Glucometer Use / Assist
SOP 100-1300 Testing Post-Call Evaluations Pulse Oximter
Bloodborne Pathogens Fuel Cards / Use / Log Oxygen
Hazmat Awareness Call Procedures / Responding NRB/ NC/ Capnography setups
Driving Policy Billing Information (if applicable) ET-Assist Setups
CEVO III Certification (within 18 months) Incident Reporting ET-Inline Neb Setup
Driving Policy / Driving to Call Mutual Aid Responses BVM Review / Assist
Emergency Vehicle Operation with 201 Equipment on Ambulance Oxygen (fixed)
Knowledge of Roads/Streets Maps in Rigs Outside Compartments Oxygen (portable)
Map Book / Street Directory / GPS Interior Compartments Oxygen Cascade – Filling bottles
TIERS Priority Response Policy Portable Bags
CPR / First Aid (Drivers, Supp. Techs, Juniors) Oxycaddy, location equipment, check EMT-B REMAC Skills
Standard Operating Procedures Drug Bag location, equipment, check Albuterol
Section 100 – Description of Service PEDS Pack location, equipment, check Aspirin
Section 200 – Chain of Command Trauma Bag, location, equipment, check Epi-Pen
Section 300 – Roles & Responsibilities Portable Suction, location, equipment, check NTG
Section 400 Standards of Performance Immobilization Kit, location, equipment, check Location of Equipment
Section 300 – Roles & Responsibilities Cardiac Monitor
Section 400 Standards of Performance Splints - Fixation Other:
Section 500 – Work Rules Splints - Traction Incident Reports
Section 600A Safety – Driving Policy (Test) Spinal Immobilization Equipment Exposure Procedure
Section 600 B Safety – Infection Control (Test) Pulse Oxidizer Vehicle Maintenance / Problems
Section 600 C Safety – Personal / Facility BP Cuff / Stethoscopes Vehicle Checks
Section 700 – Communications (test) Decontamination Equipment Landing Zones
Section 800 – Public Relations (test) Decon. Intubaton Blade Procedure Rescue Equipment
Section 900 – Special Operations (test) Interior Front
Section 1000 – Training and CQI - Emergency Lights / Switches
Section 1100 – Vehicle Supply / Maintenence - Map Books
Section 1200 – Station Ops / Other Ops - Radios
Section 1300 – Regulations / Other Legal