EMS organization expands to keep the Quinnipiac community healthy and safe

November 29, 2021

Headshot of the Quinnipiac EMS organization

When Quinnipiac’s Emergency Medical Service organization was founded back in 2019, it started with just 18 members. Today, it has grown to more than 70 members and has big ambitions for the agency’s future.

With this rapid growth, Quinnipiac EMS has expanded its community education initiatives, training almost 90 students, staff and members of the Hamden community in CPR and more than 20 people in its Stop The Bleed initiative. 

“Quinnipiac EMS has hosted several hands-only CPR, American Heart Association Basic Life Support and Stop the Bleed classes over the course of the Fall 2021 semester because we believe it is paramount that students, faculty and staff are trained at even the most basic level to save someone’s life,” said Madison Murphy, director of education for EMS. “The immediacy of performing CPR, applying an AED, or applying a tourniquet can quite literally save someone’s life. Quinnipiac is a community and being part of the community is tied to the responsibility of caring for one another. We aim to equip Quinnipiac with the tools to do so. In the Spring, we hope to continue these initiatives and expand into Hamden by offering classes at the schools, libraries, churches and other interested groups.”

This semester, the organization began providing EMS standby coverage for club sports games in addition to their regular coverage hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Its members have volunteered more than 1,000 hours providing EMS coverage for Quinnipiac’s campuses this semester alone.

Their growth hasn’t stopped there. Next semester, Quinnipiac EMS hopes to provide 24/7 EMS coverage for Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses. This will ensure that all students, staff, faculty and visitors can receive rapid emergency medical care whenever it is needed.

Not only will they be expanding their coverage, but they will also be upgrading how they respond to emergencies. Historically, Quinnipiac EMS has responded to medical emergencies using their club car, but beginning in the Spring 2022 semester, the organization will start responding to emergencies on the Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses with its very own Quinnipiac EMS SUV. Thanks to the support of Public Safety, Quinnipiac EMS was able to acquire a Ford Explorer, which will allow the organization to carry even more equipment that can be used in the event of an emergency.

“Quinnipiac EMS is a prime example of how Quinnipiac strives to enhance the student experience. This agency provides our students with a unique opportunity to gain direct patient care experience, leadership experience and volunteer hours, all while supporting the community we care so deeply about,” said Charles Dunn ’22, the agency’s captain.

The agency is entirely student-run and is one of only a handful of collegiate EMS agencies in the state. Its membership is composed of both undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of different majors — from biology to business.

You can learn more about Quinnipiac University EMS by clicking here.

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