Cornell EMS members are trained through a rigorous promotions process which includes four ranks. Each new member on the squad, starts as a trainee, where they learn the basic protocols and operations of CUEMS. After 1-2 semesters, trainees take a written and practical exam to become attendants, who serve as a right-hand to the crew chief. Crew chiefs are certified Emergency Vehicle Operators and are state-certified at the EMT-Basic level or higher. Crew chiefs serve as the leader and medical provider in charge on every shift. There will always be a crew chief on every call. Attendants may choose to advance to a Crew Chief-in-Training by taking a written exam. The CCIT process provides the member with hands-on leadership experience and allows them to run training exercises as well as real calls under the supervision of a crew chief.
Cornell EMS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days week during the academic school year. Cornell EMS is also in service during Exam, Rush, Senior Weeks, and parts of the summer. When Cornell EMS is not in service or is busy with another call, Cornell EH&S provides first response coverage to campus.
We are dispatched by Cornell University Police Department via two-way VHF radio. We operate primarily off of Cornell Police’s frequency one. We also have the capability of communicating with Tompkins County Fire Control and Tompkins County units via two-way 800 MHz radio.
During 2012, we responded to 891 calls. We respond to a wide variety calls, ranging from minor sports injuries to life-threatening injuries and illnesses, including multi-system traumas and cardiac arrests. And yes, being a college campus we do respond to a number of alcohol-related calls. However, our most common type of call is minor traumatic injuries.