Alumnus develops life saving skills, launches EMS program

Charles Dunn’s first experience in an ambulance with a critically ill patient inspired him to enter the emergency services field.

Dunn ’22 grew up with solid values: helping and supporting his community. His father was the local fire chief — and some of his earliest memories include riding with his father on the way to an emergency call. These experiences inspired him to enroll in an EMT course at age 16, which led him to earn his EMT certification at just 17.

Charles Dunn and other student EMS members work with various lifesaving equipment
Charles Dunn, right, was part of the inaugural Quinnipiac University EMS, a group of volunteer emergency medical technicians.

Dunn decided to enroll at Quinnipiac on the pre-med track in 2018. In his first year as a Bobcat, he volunteered to help a student in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine with his "Stop the Bleed" capstone project by assisting with teaching the course to members of the Quinnipiac community.

After teaching the course to the health services staff, he was invited to join the committee to help launch Quinnipiac University EMS, the university's supplemental first responder agency. With his help and guidance, the group has expanded to include more than 75 student volunteers that provide a critical network of first-responders across the Quinnipiac campuses.

"Building this team gave me the opportunity to learn how to be a leader, manage budgets and find ways to motivate and inspire others,” he said. “It has also given me the experience and confidence to teach and consult with others on building effective EMS departments."

Dunn said he has always felt the need to help and support the community in any way he can.

“The experiences I’ve had at Quinnipiac have broadened my goals and I hope to become an EMS medical director and provide medical oversight for EMS agencies,” he said.
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