Commemorating 10 years of service to the community, Montclair State University’s award-winning Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is going strong and continuing to fulfill its mission to provide rapid response, quality emergency medical care to the University and surrounding communities.
From its early beginnings as the Emergency Medical Services Foundation, a student group chartered by the SGA, to its current status as a University-provided service under the jurisdiction of the University Police Department, the EMS has evolved and grown over its 10-year history. It now boasts an active membership of over 40 student volunteers, 28 of whom are state-certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), provides 24/7 coverage to the University, and even responds to mutual aid calls from the towns of Little Falls, West Paterson, and Totowa.
Director and Chief of Emergency Services Dr. Robb Rehberg credits the success of the program to the dedicated student volunteers who have been the core of the squad since its inception. “Their dedication to serving their community is what has made our program a success,” he says. “Although their dedication, hard work, and willingness to get up at 3:00 a.m. to help someone in need, or stay on campus long after everyone has gone home for a long weekend often goes unnoticed, they are true professionals, and their service to our community has made a difference in the lives of many.”
Another key to EMS’s success has been the institution of the Resident EMT program. Conceived by Rehberg with the cooperation of the Office of Residential Education and Services, the program provides for free on-campus housing to student EMTs in exchange for night and weekend shift coverage. “This partnership between EMS and Residential Education and Services was a key factor to the success of the EMS program and its ability to provide true 24/7 coverage to the campus community,” says Rehberg.
Because the EMTs are students, a number of them graduate each year—some going on to pursue careers as physicians, nurses, paramedics or public health officials—so EMS is always looking for new members. Although no experience is necessary (EMS provides training), Rehberg notes that there is a particular need for EMTs and drivers with experience. Students who are interested in joining EMS and/or applying for the Resident EMT program can find more information on the EMS Web site.
View the new recruitment video created by EMS member, Rob Rowe.