About Volunteer Ambulance Officers

Ambulance Tasmania

About Volunteer Ambulance Officers

Volunteers are an integral part of the Australian way of life. Without volunteers many community support services would cease to exist. In rural Tasmania, volunteers play a central role in the provision of ambulance services, attending emergency and medical cases on a daily basis.

People become ambulance volunteers for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • connect with others in your community, make new friends and work as part of a close-knit team
  • learn new skills useful in everyday life, including first-aid and how to manage stressful and demanding situations
  • help care for people who are sick or injured, and provide reassurance to their immediate family
  • contribute to a vital service for residents and visitors in rural communities
  • share your experience, wisdom and skills with younger volunteers
  • keep physically and mentally active
  • contribute to social cohesion and community resilience.

There is no specific profile to determine your suitability, but certain characteristics, personal skills and physical capabilities are valuable attributes. These include keeping a level head, empathy, ability to communicate, common sense, enthusiasm and a desire to want to help other people.

You do need to been in good health and reasonably fit so you can perform the required duties which include lifting and carrying.  You must also have a current Driver’s Licence (“C” class standard car license).

Please note we do not deploy volunteers as part of ambulance crews in Tasmania's major cities. There are no opportunities for volunteers within Ambulance Tasmania in Burnie, Devonport, Launceston or in the immediate Hobart area including our stations in Hobart, Glenorchy, Mornington, Kingston and Bridgewater.

Not all communities are actively recruiting new volunteers all the time. We currently have a significant waiting list of applicants wishing to work out of Sorell / Huonville / New Norfolk and as such, we are only accepting a limited number of applications for these stations at this time. Please check back regularly for updates and changes.

Volunteer Ambulance Officers are a vital part of the Tasmanian community. Coming from all parts of society, volunteers all have one thing in common – a passion to do something to help their community.