Island emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are ready to welcome new people to the ranks. Tri-Town ambulance (West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah) volunteers are people just like you, who wanted to make a difference. Meet them and learn more at an open house on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Tisbury Station (across from Up-Island Cronig’s). Representives from the down-Island squads also will be on hand to help with questions specific to their towns.

To join the ranks, you have to be 18 years old at the time of the state test, but if you are able-bodied and willing to put in the time for the winter class, Tri-Town could use your help. The 2009 class starts in January and runs through May, with classes every Tuesday and Thursday and every other Saturday. For details, call 508-693-4992.