Amherst College Emergency Medical Services - ACEMS

Amherst College Emergency Medical Services - ACEMS Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) is a student-run, student-staffed, volunteer organization that provides 24/7 emergency medical services to the Amherst College community while classes are in session.

Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) is a student-run, student-staffed, volunteer organization that operates 24 hours a day while classes are in session. ACEMS provides Basic Life Support Quick Response (BLS/QRS) to medical emergencies on the Amherst Campus. Using the Amherst College dispatch system, two Massachusetts certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B) and one EMT in training are dispatched for all medical emergencies on the Amherst College Campus. If the call is thought to be of a potentially life-threatening nature or at the request of the patient, the Amherst Fire Department (AFD) Ambulance is dispatched along with ACEMS responders. Working in conjunction with the Amherst College Police Department (ACPD), Amherst Fire Department (AFD), Amherst College Health Services (AHS), and University of Massachusetts Health Services (UHS), ACEMS works to provide emergency patient care on scene and then direct the patient to the appropriate higher level of medical care. ACEMS provides transportation for patients with non-life threatening conditions to either the Amherst College Health Center or University of Massachusetts Health Services. When the college health centers are closed, transport is only available through the Amherst Fire Department to the hospital most appropriate for the patientโ€™s condition. At the discretion of ACEMS personnel or at the patientโ€™s request, the Amherst Fire Department can be called to transport patients to the appropriate hospital. During campus-wide emergencies, ACEMS may be called upon to assist the Amherst College Police with evacuation plans or to assist Amherst College Health Services in coordinating medical disaster plans. This page is maintained by Daniel Diner, the Public Information Officer for ACEMS.

Congratulations to our most recent EMT of the Week, Mary Yoo๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ
03/03/2018

Congratulations to our most recent EMT of the Week, Mary Yoo๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

Congratulations to our EMT of the Week Jeremy Margolis โ€˜19๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰
02/13/2018

Congratulations to our EMT of the Week Jeremy Margolis โ€˜19๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

Get ready for gore!WARNING: realistic wounds ahead
10/28/2017

Get ready for gore!
WARNING: realistic wounds ahead

Amherst College Emergency Medical Services - ACEMS
05/04/2017

Amherst College Emergency Medical Services - ACEMS

Amherst College Emergency Medical Services - ACEMS's cover photo
05/04/2017

Amherst College Emergency Medical Services - ACEMS's cover photo

ACEMS Banquet 2016-2017 - we had 202 calls this academic year!
05/03/2017

ACEMS Banquet 2016-2017 - we had 202 calls this academic year!

Got blood???
12/11/2016

Got blood???

Happy winter!
10/27/2016

Happy winter!

On Saturday, ACEMS conducted our first situational training exercise of the year. We reviewed correct CPR technique for ...
10/23/2016

On Saturday, ACEMS conducted our first situational training exercise of the year. We reviewed correct CPR technique for adults, children, and neonates and learned Cardio-Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR) techniques which have been utilized to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.

Happy birthday to our EMT training course instructor, Jason Stepien! Thank you for everything that you do for ACEMS, we'...
10/20/2016

Happy birthday to our EMT training course instructor, Jason Stepien! Thank you for everything that you do for ACEMS, we're so excited for another year with you as part of the ACEMS family!

10/08/2016

We are currently out of service until Wednesday, Oct. 12 due to mid-semester break. As usual, call x2111 for all medical emergencies, though Amherst Fire Department will respond instead of ACEMS.

09/22/2016

A reminder to those of you applying for this year's class that applications are due TODAY, THURSDAY 9/22 @ 11:59PM!

09/16/2016

The application for this year's EMT-B class is now available! If you are interested in applying but have not received the application, please send an email stating your interest to [email protected]. Applications are due Thursday, 09/22/2016 at 11:59pm and late applications will not be considered. Best of luck to all applicants!

09/15/2016

Come learn more about our interterm EMT class tonight in Merrill 1 at 8PM! The presentation will detail the class as well as the application process. Hope to see you there!

Interested in joining ACEMS? Wondering what we do on campus? Come swing by the club fair now and sign up for our email l...
09/05/2016

Interested in joining ACEMS? Wondering what we do on campus? Come swing by the club fair now and sign up for our email list!

08/29/2016

We are now back in service! Please call (413) 542-2111 for all medical emergencies.

"Call me beep me if you wanna reach me (x2111)"ACEMS Board of Directors, Spring 2016: Craig Velozo '16, Chelsea Pan '18,...
04/11/2016

"Call me beep me if you wanna reach me (x2111)"

ACEMS Board of Directors, Spring 2016: Craig Velozo '16, Chelsea Pan '18, Helen Montie '18, Sara Schulwolf '17, Andrew Parker '18, Kenny Kim '17, Julia Rothacker '16

ACEMS Trauma STX 2015
12/13/2015

ACEMS Trauma STX 2015

05/17/2015

ACEMS will be going back into service tomorrow morning (Sunday, May 17) and will be running through Commencement and Reunion, up until Sunday, May 31. As usual, please call (413) 542-2111 for any medical emergencies on campus. Thanks!

Congratulations to all of the EMT class students for having completed their MA Psychomotor exam yesterday! Thank you to ...
04/27/2015

Congratulations to all of the EMT class students for having completed their MA Psychomotor exam yesterday! Thank you to all the students and the TAs for all of their enthusiasm and hard work, it's been a good run!

Pictured are students practicing their psychomotor skills during the first ACEMS Situational Training in the Powerhouse

Photo credits to Jennifer Lee

Wondering what types of calls we respond to most frequently? Here's a chart for the month of February. In total, ACEMS r...
03/29/2015

Wondering what types of calls we respond to most frequently? Here's a chart for the month of February. In total, ACEMS responded to 48 calls in the month of February.

Note: 'EtOH' = alcohol emergencies and 'other' = flu-like symptoms

01/26/2015

ACEMS has increased staffing tonight and tomorrow in preparation for the snowstorm. We have extra responders strategically positioned around campus to ensure a quick response to any emergencies that occur during the storm.

Stay safe tonight and tomorrow.

ACEMS members Zander and Kenny rode along with paramedics from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad this week. Pictured...
11/29/2014

ACEMS members Zander and Kenny rode along with paramedics from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad this week. Pictured here, Zander and Kenny practice performing advanced cardiac life support procedures alongside rescue squad paramedics.

ACEMS members use the summer to prepare for the onslaught of calls that accompanies the start of the new school year. So...
07/12/2014

ACEMS members use the summer to prepare for the onslaught of calls that accompanies the start of the new school year. Some members have been organizing and re-stocking medical supplies while our new members are hard at work preparing for the National Registry exam to become nationally licensed EMTs.

Today, ACEMS members went on a team building trip to the Berkshires and hiked to the base of a waterfall.

04/07/2014

ACEMS had a busy weekend responding to 9 calls on campus, including several sports injuries and a serious medical emergency.

03/27/2014

Thoughts and prayers with the Boston Fire Department after the two line of duty deaths today.

Anything for our patients. Director of Education Pete Alsharif practices inserting nasopharyngeal airways on himself.
02/28/2014

Anything for our patients. Director of Education Pete Alsharif practices inserting nasopharyngeal airways on himself.

02/23/2014

Please be careful walking around tonight. There are patches of black ice on all of the walkways on campus, and ACEMS has already responded to several calls today for people who have fallen on the ice.

Stay safe tonight!

02/18/2014

Public Health Alert: There have been reports of a stomach flu (norovirus or another similar viral gastroenteritis) making its way around campus. Please remember to practice good hand hygiene, including washing hands regularly and using hand sanitizer upon entering Val. If you feel sick, you can go to the Keefe Health Center for evaluation and treatment. If you feel too sick to make it to the health center or are experiencing a medical emergency, call ACEMS (413-542-2111).

ACEMS and the Amherst Fire Department respond to a medical emergency on campus in the middle of the snow storm. ACEMS is...
02/14/2014

ACEMS and the Amherst Fire Department respond to a medical emergency on campus in the middle of the snow storm. ACEMS is available 24/7, even in the middle of a snow storm or when school is canceled.

Responding Crew: Tierney Werner and Julia Rothacker

Happy last few days of finals, everyone. Stay strong!Love,ACEMS
12/18/2013

Happy last few days of finals, everyone. Stay strong!

Love,
ACEMS

ACEMS has finished running over this semester. We would like to wish a very happy winter holidays and a...survivable fin...
12/13/2013

ACEMS has finished running over this semester. We would like to wish a very happy winter holidays and a...survivable finals period to everyone.

Responder Dac Madlala participates in a Mass Casualty Incident team as the Socials quad gets cleared by riot police earl...
12/08/2013

Responder Dac Madlala participates in a Mass Casualty Incident team as the Socials quad gets cleared by riot police earlier this evening.

12/07/2013

ACEMS wishes Amherst College Police Dispatcher Luly Torres a very happy birthday today.

When ACEMS goes out of service for a break, expensive and temperature-sensitive equipment gets put inside the office. Ha...
11/25/2013

When ACEMS goes out of service for a break, expensive and temperature-sensitive equipment gets put inside the office. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

11/14/2013

What would you like to see at an ACEMS-themed college event? ACEMS is working with AC After Dark to develop an event for next semester. We will likely be holding a CPR class, but are looking for other suggestions as well.

11/11/2013

As of right now, the entire weekend has passed with ACEMS only getting called out a single time. May this inspire a prolonged period of good health.

ACEMS and multiple units from the Amherst Fire Department on the scene of a medical emergency on campus. ACEMS has volun...
11/10/2013

ACEMS and multiple units from the Amherst Fire Department on the scene of a medical emergency on campus. ACEMS has volunteer EMTs on duty 24/7 to ensure a speedy response to serious medical emergencies.

10/24/2013

With the flu season looming, ACEMS would like to remind the Amherst community that Keefe Campus Center offers subsidized/free flu shots. We urge everyone to consider their offer.

|The fee for the vaccine is $15, waived for students covered by the Amherst College health insurance plan. For other students, the fee can be billed to your student account. Please contact the Health Center at 413-542- 2267 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.|

Veteran Responder Pete Alsharif '15 after a 6-call Saturday night shift. Pete joined ACEMS in 2011 after substantial exp...
10/20/2013

Veteran Responder Pete Alsharif '15 after a 6-call Saturday night shift. Pete joined ACEMS in 2011 after substantial experience serving at his local NJ ambulance corps.

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