Student volunteers will run a new emergency medical services squad at Daemen College.
Emergency 911 calls on campus will now get dispatched to the newly formed Daemen College Rescue Squad, as well as to Snyder Fire Department and Twin Cities Ambulance.
The new squad goes into operation this week, with the start of the spring semester. It has a dozen students who are certified emergency medical technicians and one paramedic. Another seven or eight students in training will join the rotation after they receive their EMT certification.
College officials said they were seeking to build on the college's strengths in the health sciences.
"Having a student-run EMT squad seemed to be a natural progression," said Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs. "It's an add-on. It's an extra learning opportunity for students that they wouldn't get in other places. But beyond that I look at it as something that enhances safety on our campus."
Daemen will continue to partner with Snyder Fire Department and Twin Cities Ambulance. Those two entities, along with campus safety officers, typically get dispatched to campus following 911 calls for an emergency. Now, when a 911 call is received, campus safety will use a special mobile phone app to signal members of the EMT squad of an emergency.
"Our DCRS may be able to respond quicker because they're already on campus," said Nayor.
The squad is equipped with an oxygen tank, automated external defribillator, suction machine, epinephrine check and inject, nebulizer, Narcan, and splinting materials, among other items.
About 250 college and university EMT units, most of them run by students, are registered members of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation.