Created in 1992, ACEMS services the College medically and educationally. “During Interterm we have an EMT course taught on campus and during the year we have at least one first responder course,” said Emmet O’Hanlon ’03, director of operations.
Members of ACEMS are certified EMTs or first responders, but why do students undertake the 24 or 110 hours to train for these positions? “I wanted to learn the skills needed to help people. It would be a great way to practice my ‘doctor skills,'” said Elinor Lee ’05, a first responder. “Even though the classes were long, it was worth it. Now I can help people out during emergencies instead of just sitting there being able to do nothing.”
ACEMS isn’t comprised of just doctors-to-be. Many are simply interested in helping their peers. “I became an EMT right before college,” said O’Hanlon. “I just thought it was a great way to serve the community.”
This year, ACEMS has received a great number of calls, but the reason is not simply an increase in the number of accidents. “I think we do a pretty good job on campus,” said O’Hanlon. “People are less afraid to call us.”
“We are definitely getting a better reputation,” said Kwang. Students know that ACEMS is reliable and that the people will do a good job. One time I received four calls in one night.”
What do people call ACEMS to report? According to the ACEMS homepage, the greatest number of calls are alcohol-related (42%). Other calls include sprains and breaks (11%), head injuries (4%), burns (2%), lacerations (11%), seizures (2%) and allergic reactions (13%).