CUEMS members are trained through a rigorous clinical advancement process of four ranks. Every new member starts as a trainee, regardless of prior experience or certification. Trainees are responsible for obtaining New York State certification, practicing skills, learning regional and agency protocols, and familiarizing themselves with local geography. After demonstrating proficiency in these areas, trainees are responsible for completing a written and practical skills examination, allowing them to promote to the rank of attendant. The attendant is a competent non-primary emergency medical technician. Attendants are responsible for patient care under the supervision of an experienced provider. Attendants are expected to begin training in emergency vehicle operations and scene management, allowing them to advance to the rank of crew chief in-training. The crew chief in-training participates in weekly training exercises around campus to supplement normal call volume, ensuring that providers are exposed to a wide variety of situations. The crew chief is a certified emergency vehicle operator with proficient knowledge of campus geography and superior knowledge of state and regional emergency medical protocols. The crew chief is the leader of the CUEMS crew and coordinates patient care and additional resources.
Hours of Operation
CUEMS provides around-the-clock EMS service, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. CUEMS is also available throughout orientation, rush week, study period, exam weeks, graduation, and reunion. CUEMS has limited staffing during University breaks, and is usually unable to respond during these times of the year. The Emergency Services Group of Cornell University Environmental Health & Safety provides similar services to the Ithaca Campus when CUEMS is unavailable.
We are dispatched by the Cornell University Police Department 911 Center via a VHF radio system. You may see our providers carrying two portable radios. Tompkins County utilizes a separate 800 MHz radio system, which requires our crews and vehicles carry a separate radio to communicate with county emergency services.
In 2018, we responded to 592 calls for service. We respond to a wide variety of incidents, from minor traumatic injuries to life-threatening anaphylaxis. And yes, as we cover a college campus, we do respond to a number of alcohol-related incidents.