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CWRU EMS is a student-run organization that provides emergency medical assistance to the students, faculty, staff, and guests of the Case Western Reserve University community. The most fundamental mission of CWRU EMS is to provide a high standard of free emergency care and transport by reporting to on-campus medical emergencies. Furthermore, CWRU EMS strives to serve the CWRU community by facilitating and providing educational opportunities for the student body, by offering stand-by services for major university events, and by encouraging members to participate in public health-related volunteer and community service work within the greater Cleveland area. The overarching mission of CWRU EMS is to attend to the emergent medical needs of the Case Western Reserve community while continuing to foster general interest and education in public health and safety.  

In the event of on-campus medical emergencies DIAL 216-368-3333. Remain calm. Tell the dispatcher the emergency, location, and condition of the patient. The dispatcher may ask you questions that are useful to responders, please answer them if you can. Case Western Reserve University’s Protective Services will dispatch CWRU EMS to your location.  

Yes. CWRU EMS crews are held to the same high standards as all other EMS agencies. At least two members of each three person crew are nationally and state certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and all crewmembers are AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certified. CWRU EMS responds in fully equipped ambulances and provides quality emergency care and transport.  

CWRU EMS is dedicated to high level basic life support care. Every crew has at least two Ohio Certified Emergency Medical Technician and another support crew member with a minimum of AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers certification. If the CWRU EMS crew determines advance life support is required such as cardiac monitoring or IV drugs, CWRU EMS can contact Cleveland EMS or Cleveland Heights Fire Department for advanced care.  

During the semester, the ambulance crews are run in 12-hour shifts. CWRU EMS runs from 8 pm to 8 am the next morning during weekdays and all day during the weekends and Friday.  

CWRU EMS provides emergency treatment and transport at no cost. If you are call for an ambulance, CWRU EMS will not charge you. However, there is an hourly fee for special event coverage.

CWRU EMS is bound by the same HIPAA laws (federal health information privacy law) as doctors, hospitals, and other medical establishments. All information will be kept in the strictest of confidence and only shared with other medical providers directly involved in providing care to you. CWRU EMS cannot release information to Housing or Greek Life.  

CWRU EMS is based in the Carriage House on the north side of campus. Just look for the ambulances parked near Denny’s on Bellflower Road and you will find us!

Yes. CWRU EMS holds Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes in the fall and spring semesters. Additionally, CWRU EMS teaches AHA Heartsaver CPR and AED courses as well as AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers. These courses are taught regularly and can also be arranged by appointment.

Yes, you can! You can learn more about membership here