Become a Member!

That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great. -- Willa Cather

 

General Information
Membership Guidelines
Application Packet
Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

General Information

Our application process:

  1. Schedule a tour our facility and view our equipment.
    During this tour you can tell us about yourself and why you are interested in volunteering. We will tell you what it's like to be one of the Minute Men and what is expected of all members.
    Contact us by to schedule a tour. Someone will call or email you within a week. You may also call to schedule a tour at 973-539-1776.

  2. Complete an application.
    You can find the required forms below. We require two letters of reference, and a driver's abstract (if applicable). You must also consent to a criminal history check.

  3. Meet with our membership committee.
    Prospective members are formally interviewed by the Membership Committee and their application is accepted for review.

  4. Attend at our monthly Board of Managers meeting.
    If and when the applicant is recommended by the Membership Committee (there is often a waiting-list for night-crew applicants), the applicant will be scheduled to meet with the Board of Managers. These meetings take place at the Morris Plains Community Center on the FIRST Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:30 pm.

  5. Complete the online Hazardous Materials Awareness certification
    New Jersey law requires all first responders to be certified in Hazardous Materials Awareness. This class may be taken online. Your certificate of completion should be printed and brought to orientation.

  6. The next week, attend the monthly membership meeting.
    General Membership Meetings take place at headquarters on the SECOND Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:30 pm. The applicant is formally inducted into the organization as a probationary member during this meeting.

  7. Orientation.
    A four-hour orientation for new members will be scheduled after joining the Minute Men. You will be assigned to a duty crew, attend compliance classes, be fit-tested for a respirator and issued a uniform at that time.

When you join, you will begin your responsibilities as a member. We try to be very flexible in assigning members to a duty crew based upon their work or academic schedule. Your training with your duty crew will begin immediately and we will assist you in finding EMT and CPR training. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to joining you in service to the community!


Some Membership Guidelines

    • Daytime members are asked to attend at least two (preferably thee) 4-hours shifts per week, plus additional time as explained below. Regular day shifts are 6 AM - 10 AM, 10 AM - 2 PM, 2 PM - 6PM. However daytime scheduling is extremely flexible and we try to accommodate all special needs. We have the most need for people in the early morning and late afternoon.

    • Night duty team members attend one 12-hour duty shift a week. Night duty shifts begin at 6pm and end at 6am. On-duty members sleep in our bunk rooms. 1-3 emergency calls are typical for a night duty shift.

    • Our night duty crews take turns rotating to cover the weekends during 24-hour shifts from 6pm Saturday to 6pm Sunday. Night-team members can expect to cover one of these shifts every 5 or 6 weeks (alternating).

    • The Friday night duty shift is unusual in that it is from 6 pm - 9 am (15 hours). To compensate the Friday crew 24-hour shift falls only once every 10 weeks.

    • Additional opportunities to serve come up for special events, carnivals, concerts, picnics, 5K races, dog shows, etc. Every member is required to do at least five of these over the course of a year.

    • Once an EMT, members who live or work nearby may request a pager so they can also respond to the building for "all-calls."

    • All members are required to come to at least 50% of monthly meetings and to do a specified number of 9-hour Saturday day shifts of their choosing.

    • No previous experience is required. Uniforms are provided at no cost to the member. EMT class requires the student purchase a book, however the Minute Men will reimburse this expense upon successful completion of the probationary period.

Application Packet

Links to our application packet may be found below. These links will allow you to download or print a .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat is required. The Morris Minute Men are unable to process an application until it has been completed. If you should have questions regarding this application, please email join@morrisminutemen.org.

Please schedule a tour of our facility (see above) prior to completing an application.

Cover Sheet
Contains general information about the application
Application (2 pages)
Collects your personal information
Certification and Authorization for Background Check (2 pages)
Requests you consent to search for criminal history, disciplinary history, and your driving record.
Essential Functions (3 pages)
Describes the basic duties required of a member of the Morris Minute Men. If you have a disability which will prevent you from meeting one of these standards, please contact us. It may be possible to make reasonable accommodations to allow you to perform these duties.
Reference Letters (2 pages)
We require TWO letters of reference, completed on this form. Letters may not be from a relative or a present member of the Morris Minute Men. We prefer letters from someone that has been in a supervisory relationship with you (i.e. a teacher or employer.)

Frequently Asked Questions About Joining the Minute Men


  • What is the time commitment?
  • How often are the Minute Men called?
  • Will I be expected to rush to the headquarters in the middle of the day or night whenever someone calls 911?
  • What is an EMT expected to do? Will I have to give people needles? Do I give them electric shocks? Do I have to go to medical school?
  • Can I volunteer just for the summer? I'm going to college in the fall.
  • What are the training requirements?
  • Do I have to be an EMT before I can join?
  • What kinds of calls will I go on?
  • Is it safe?
  • Do I have to wear a uniform? Do I have to purchase this on my own? Are there dues? How much will this cost me?
  • Will I get a tax break or payment for being a volunteer?
  • What if I get hurt while I'm on a call?
  • What is there to do between calls?
  • What if I'm squeamish?
  • How soon can I drive the ambulance?
  • What town do the Morris Minute Men cover? Morristown?
  • Can I bring a friend with me to get a tour?
  • Can I join if I have a disability?
  • How old do I have to be? Are women welcome?
  • Do I absolutely have to become an EMT to volunteer?
  • Whom may I contact for more information?


    Contact Us:

    To request more information, please email

    Join@MorrisMinuteMen.org

    or call us at 973-539-1776