HCEMS (Hampshire College Emergency Medical Service)
HCEMS provides emergency medical coverage to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on Hampshire College campus.
HCEMS IS CURRENTLY HIRING
We are currently accepting applications for the Spring '14 semester. Applicants must be nationally or Mass State certified. We do not hire division three students. To apply, fill out the application at the link below. We will then contact you to schedule an interview. We will not be accepting applications after Monday 3/3 at midnight. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCEMS in a Nutshell
- HCEMS provides 24/7 coverage of Hampshire College during the school year with two Hampshire student EMTs on call at all times. HCEMS members are certifed as EMTs in the state of Masachusetts.
- HCEMS provides no-charge medical treatment to students, faculty, and staff.
- HCEMS has an average response time of approximately 2 minutes to calls located anywhere on campus.
- HCEMS does not provide off-campus transport, but all patients may request ambulance transport to the hospital.
- HCEMS runs with Hampshire College Campus Police in order to ensure the safety of EMTs, patients, bystanders, and responding ambulance staff.
HCEMS is currently functioning with a provisional budget to cover EMT's work study financial aid agreements. EMTs who are on payroll receive pay for their first 12 hours of work each week.
Being an EMT is a large commitment. Members spend between 800 and 1500 dollars to obtain their Certifications with time commitments of close to 200 hrs of class work and examination. To maintain certification EMTs participate in 28 hours of Continuing education every 2 years. In order to become a paid member of HCEMS EMTs volunteer around 300 hours of uniformed duty during their first semester on the team.
In addition to these basic time commitments EMTs take on a variety of responsibilities. There is work to be done arranging additional funding to cover materials (eg bandages); Finding, maintaining and repairing the bicycles that the use to respond; interfacing with the state government, University of Massachusetts Health Services, our Medical Director, Hampshire political groups and other student groups and offices on campus; as well as planning and teaching continuing education courses.
As a paid member you can expect to be paid for approximately one third to one fourth of your time commitment. Many EMTs work secondary positions off campus to finance their participation with the program and to pay for living expenses. While not the highest paying position, being an EMT has many rewarding aspects that keeps us dedicated to our jobs.
HCEMS is a training service and is committed to providing its members with multiple continuing education opportunities.
For more information about training contact HCEMS's directors at HampshireCollegeEMS@gmail.com
Some trainings may be open to community members or non-HCEMS affiliated EMTs, including five-college student EMTs.
Completed Trainings Fall 2010:
Bike Training - September 19th 5-7 PM, RCC, Guy Debrun of OPRA
Documentation - Sunday Oct. 3rd, EMT Office 6-7 PM, AJ Krebs
Radio Communications - Tuesday Oct.12th 6-7 PM, EMT Office Cameron Kingsley
Advanced Wilderness First Aid and Response Team Leadership - Friday October 15th 5-8 PM, The Notch Visitor Center, Riley Liptak
Lifeguard / EMT Interface Training - October 21st 6-8 P.M. RCC Pool, Glenna Alderson of OPRA
High Angle Ropes Course/ Team Development Training - October 23rd 12:00-5:00 P.M. Karen Warren of OPRA, GCC ropes course
EMT BOOTCAMP - October 24th 6-9 PM
Toxicology: Street Drugs and Halloween Primer, Tuesday Oct. 26th 6-8 PM, EMT Office, Riley Liptak
Toxicology: Pharmeceuticals (Common Prescription Drugs on Hampshire's Campus), Tuesday Nov 1st 6-7 PM. Riley Liptak
Self Harm Emergencies - Tuesday Nov.1st, 7-8 PM, EMT Office, Cierra Gromoff
Campus Trail Survey - Sunday Nov. 7th, 2-4 P.M. Tennis Courts, WRT, Riley Liptak
Boundaries and Ethics - Sunday Nov 7th, 5:30-7:00 P.M., EMT Office,Corey Griffon, Clinical Psychologist from Mental Health Services
Toxicology: Hazardous Materials - Tuesday Nov 9th 6-8 Lizard Lounge, Cole Science, Riley Liptak
BLS/ALS Interface, Sunday Nov 14th, 17:00-19:00, Chris Hopewell, EMS Coordinator for Cooley-Dickinson Hospital
Psychological First Aid, Sunday Nov 21st. 12:00 - 16:00 PM, Robert Davis, Clinical Psychologist
Campus Trail Survey - Nov. 28th 2-4 P.M. Tennis Courts, WRT, Riley Liptak
Life Flight Helicopter Symposium -Dec 5th 8 AM-5PM Amherst College, Life flight www.umassmemorial.org/MedicalCenterIP.cfm
HCEMS is currently working on a community outreach and development program. This program takes form in a number of ways, mainly involving increased community interactions. We are also working on presenting surveys to the community at large and soliciting quality of care feedback. The primary goal of this program is to make HCEMS more accessible and approachable, and to improve quality of care. Anyone with feedback or quality improvement suggestions is encouraged to e-mail HampshireCollegeEMS@gmail.com
HCEMS has four levels within the program (all members are Massachusetts Certified EMTs belonging to one of these three levels), then a number of officer positions. The three important positions regarding patient care are A-Packs, B-Packs, and Shadows. A-packs or B-Packs can also hold officer roles, which include duties ranging from webmaster to office management.
- New members to HCEMS begin as "Shadows" - probationary members who respond to calls with HCEMS but are typically just observing. They may be allowed to perform simple tasks. After completing 3 calls, a shadow is promoted to a B-Pack.
- B-Packs typically assist with calls, taking vitals and performing basic interventions under the direction of an A-Pack. Most EMTs will be B-Packs for a couple of semesters, at which point they are considered for promotion to Super-B's.
- Super-B's are B-packs considered for promotion to A-Pack. Super B's work in tandem, with an A-Pack supervisor who observes all calls.
- A-Packs are the most experienced EMTs in HCEMS. They are in charge of all calls, and are the only members of HCEMS who can be on call by themselves.
- All medical calls for which EMTs are dispatched are responded to by at least one Campus Police officer in the interest of the safety of students, community members, and EMTs alike.
HCEMS recruits new members at the beginning of each semester. Members volunteer for their first semester without pay and act as "shadows" who ride along with two EMTs for three calls and then are promoted to B-Packs. Applicants for HCEMS should be certified EMTs or waiting to take the State practical or written examination for their certification.
The EMTs working for HCEMS this semester (F13) are:
- Grace Abrahams-Dematte
- Omri Bernstein
- Scott Blackwell
- Molly Brooks
- Coral Breuning
- Tania Chow
- Sam Dean
- Derick Delloro
- Nicole Hohenstein
- Thao Le
- Megan McGrath
- Sophia Robohn
- Will Robinson
- Gabriel Rowe
- Emily Santos
- Max Schadt
- Raffi Sherak
- Alex Toth
- Olivia Weiser
HCEMS takes patient information, such as name, date of birth, and address on campus from patients. After calls, HCEMS fills out paperwork in triplicate. One copy goes to Public Safety, the second copy of paperwork goes to Hampshire College Health Services.The final copy is retained by HCEMS, although all patient personal information is omitted - only the general location (Merril, Dakin, EDH, RCC, Tennis Courts, etc.), nature of the call, and date are kept. This allows calls to be reviewed for quality control purposes without releasing patient information. HCEMS recognizes that Hampshire College is a small campus and has a tight knit community, and will not discuss patients' personal information. EMTs that do not respond have no access to names or other information that would allow these members to identify patients they have not personally treated. EMTs are not allowed to discuss calls with patients that they've treated unless approached by the patient about the incident first.
Funding for HCEMS comes through a variety of sources. As a student organization, HCEMS receives money for medical supplies and equipment through FundCom. Public Safety pays HCEMS members' salaries, however there are currently budget constraints preventing new EMTs from being paid, and there is currently no guarantee that any EMTs will be paid beyond Spring 2014. With the burden of financial insecurity causing strain on its members, HCEMS is currently looking into other potential sources of funding and alternative methods of raising the funds needed to operate the program.
In an attempt to ensure response capabilities to the extents of Hampshire College's campus, HCEMS is currently reviewing response guidelines and organizational structure for response to remoter campus locations. HCEMS has previously responded to wooded campus areas and current development is to ensure the safety and capabilities of members to create similar responses.
11 of the 20 members of HCEMS currently hold certification at the level of Wilderness First Responder.
3 Trauma Packs, each containing the following:
- 1 CPR Mask
- 1 Disposable Suction Unit
- 4 Triangle Bandages
- 1 SAM Splint
- 2 SAM finger splint
- 1 Patient Information Pad
4 First Responder packs
100 irrigation syringes
2 Patient information notepads
3 Tubes Oral Glucose
4 Pairs Trauma Shears
18 Disposable penlights
5 Bundles Biohazard Storage Bags
1 Box Knuckle Bandages
1 Box Fingertip Bandages
5 Child CPR mannequins
2 Adult CPR mannequins
1 Set Disposable Oralpharyngeal Airways
1 Disposable Suction Unit
1 Pocket CPR Mask
2 Box Alcohol wipes
6 Box Benzalkonium Chloride wipes
1 SAM splint
2 Box 4x4in 12 Ply Gauze Pads (sterile)
5 Box 3x3in 12 Ply Gauze Pads (sterile)
7 Box 2x2in 12 Ply Gauze Pads (sterile)
1 Box Large Eye pads
2 Box "Ouchless" pads
2 Box 1/2 inch Medical Tape
2 Box 1 inch Medical Tape
1 Box 2 inch Medical Tape
1 Box CombiDressing
4 Bloodstopper Bandages
1 Box 3 inch x 4 Yard Sterile Gauze Roll
1 Box 4 inch x 4 Yard Sterile Gauze Roll
1 Box 6 inch x 4 Yard Sterile Gauze Roll
6 MultiTrauma Dressing
3 Box Instant Cold Compress
1 Box Instant Hot Compress
3 Box Small Gloves
5 Box Medium Gloves
1 Box Large Gloves
3 Box Extra Large Gloves