The HWS Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team is back in action. Over the summer, the 10-student group received funding from the Colleges to purchase two sets of medical equipment, which include medical kits and a defibrillator. The EMS team works closely with Residential Education and Campus Safety.
Eager to start this year, the EMS team returned to campus for training and an on-duty test run a week before orientation for the Classes of 2012. They remained on duty throughout orientation weekend.
Since then, the members have been on call every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Each member has two off-weeks per month. Starting next week, EMS members will be on duty every Thursday as well, says team captain Gibson McCullagh ’11.
“We’ve been very busy,” McCullagh says. “We’ve had 26 calls so far this year, for a variety of reasons. We’re hoping to eventually have someone on duty 24/7.”
This year, the team’s service adviser is Michael Hoepp ’05, assistant director for campus and community relations and an EMT. As such, he is a liaison between the administration and the team.
Dr. Jeremy Cushman ’96, currently senior instructor in the Division of Emergency Medical Services, Department of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Rochester, continues to serve as the HWS EMS medical director, as well as the medical director for Monroe County.
“We look forward to every night we’re on duty,” says McCullagh. “Each call is a learning opportunity and an opportunity to grow. Knock on wood, everything is going well.”
Applications for new membership are due Wednesday, Oct. 29. A class will be offered in the spring semester for those who are not certified EMTs. Information and applications can be requested by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.