In 2016 the RVFD began discussion of starting a program for individuals who wanted to participate in the department but not in a firefighter capacity. The department has now fully opened an EMS division for those who want to specialize in the medical field. The EMS division personnel are activated for medical calls in the Rapid Valley Fire District and also used as Fire Ground Support to facilitate rehab of firefighters and immediate care of any occupants on fires. The EMS program does not require that an individual possess an EMT or other certification to join, it is open to all individuals who are qualified for general membership. EMS personnel are given all benefits of the station, the department’s training program, and more.