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Cooper/Sams Volunteer Ambulance Award Program

Minnesota's Cooper/Sams Volunteer Ambulance Award recognizes and rewards volunteer ambulance service personnel and provides an incentive for volunteers to enter the EMS field.

Important Deadlines

Online submission of the Credit Submission Form by the Ambulance Service: June 1, 2022August 1, 2022

Applications by individuals applying for payment of the volunteer award, must be received by the EMSRB on or before October 1, 2022.

Earning Service Credits

A service credit is earned for one year of service, and each service credit is valued at $447.19.

Personnel are eligible to earn an annual service credit if they received no more than $8,353.00 per year in compensation from their service.

Redeeming Credits

To qualify for the one-time payment, EMRs, EMTs, AEMTs, Paramedics, ambulance drivers, and ambulance service medical directors must:

  • be at least 50 years of age;
  • have accrued at least five service credits;
  • have resigned from active volunteer service on ambulance; and
  • have completed the Claim form; completed claim form must be received by the EMSRB on or before October 1, 2022 

Submission form for EMS Personnel Claiming the Award
The completed form may be faxed to 651-201-2812 or mailed to the EMSRB office at the address below.  All applications must be received by the EMSRB on or before October 1, 2022.  
For all questions related to the Cooper/Sams Volunteer Ambulance Award Program, please contact the EMSRB at 651-201-2800 or
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