Cornell University EMS’ office is housed in an Environmental Health & Safety building, located at 201 Palm Road on the eastern end of the Cornell University campus near the College of Veterinary Medicine. Our location allows for close relationships with fellow Cornell University emergency responders, while still providing Cornell EMS quick access to Cornell’s central campus. Cornell EMS has an office and a bunk room, which provide areas for the duty crew to work during the day and sleep at night.
Cornell EMS-1 (2441)
CUEMS’ first primary response vehicle is a 2009 Chevy Tahoe purchased on state contract from Hoselton Chevrolet in Rochester, New York. Vehicle customization was completed by Admiral Specialty Vehicles in Spencer, New York. State of the art communications equipment provide CUEMS the ability to communicate on VHF and 800MHz radio bands, allowing conversation with all surrounding Tompkins County agencies, Cornell emergency and non-emergency services, and with all area hospitals. Exterior striping and lighting designs—compliant with federal highway standards and New York State law—provide optimal warning systems and maximize crew safety and scene control.
With three controllable spot lights, a rear directional light-bar, a rear-view camera system, and chevron diversion striping, CUEMS’ new vehicle is not only safer to drive, but safer and more efficient for managing any scene.
Aluminum cabinetry, movable trays and drawers, and other interior vehicle customization provide a comfortable, safe, and adjustable environment for the crew and maximize space for equipment to handle any type of situation. Our primary response vehicle carries a complement of basic life support equipment including airway management equipment, trauma management equipment, splinting equipment (including various fixation and traction methods), spinal immobilization equipment, basic life support medications (including epinephrine, albuterol, oxygen, glucose, and aspirin), BLS patient evaluation equipment (also including pulse oximetry and blood glucometry equipment), personal floatation devices (life jackets), helmets, eye and ear protection, cones and flares, ANSI-compliant vests and jackets, mass casualty command and triage equipment, pediatrics and obstetrics equipment, a stair chair, portable hand lights, blankets and pillows, additional oxygen and personal protective equipment, and training supplies for drills and “mock calls.”
Cornell EMS-2 (2442)
Cornell EMS’ newest response vehicle is a 2011 Chevy Tahoe purchased on state contract from Hoselton Chevrolet in Rochester, New York. Vehicle customization was completed by Admiral Specialty Vehicles in Spencer, New York. This vehicle replaces the former 2442 which ended its service time with Cornell EMS after 8 wonderful years. The former 2442 was a 2004 Chevy Suburban and withstood many years of work as the primary and only vehicle for the agency. The new response vehicle was designed similarly to 2441 (EMS-1), however additional upgrades and adjustments were made to ensure that CUEMS responds with the highest quality vehicles and equipment.
Like 2441, 2442 has state of the art communication equipment, aluminum cabinetry, extensive visual and audible warning systems and an extensive assortment of EMS medical and trauma equipment. The new addition of this vehicle helps CUEMS strive towards its goal of providing members of the Cornell Community with the best possible service and care. Additionally, it allows Cornell EMS crews to cover events at multiple locations on campus, as well as to place two emergency response vehicles in service during known busy time periods, including weekend evenings, Slope Day, Commencement, and Homecoming.
In the summer of 2007, Cornell EMS added our Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Unit trailer to the fleet with large help from Cornell University’s Risk Management Department. The unit is designed to triage, stabilize, and treat approximately one hundred patients in the event of a large scale emergency on campus or in the surrounding area. The trailer is the largest of its kind in Tompkins County and much of the surrounding region. Interagency training and drilling amongst our own personnel adds to the preparations that CUEMS makes every day to anticipate any type of emergency. The unit provides CUEMS personnel with the ability to immobilize fifty patients, administer oxygen to more than twenty patients simultaneously and power equipment using a large generator. The trailer also stores extensive airway and trauma supplies, in addition to other protective, treatment, packaging, triage, and scene management equipment. It is housed at the 201 Palm Road EH&S office and is ready for deployment twenty-four hours a day, seven-days per week.