Fire and Rescue Squad website named best in the nation

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By Saint Michael's College News Service

In competition with some of the largest universities in the country, the Saint Michael's College Fire & Rescue website was named best in the nation at the 20th Anniversary Conference of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) held February 22 - 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC.

saint michaels 20130305The site was created by information systems major and member of the Saint Michael's Fire Squad Amy McGann '15, the daughter of Nancy and Robert McGann of Hanover, MA. The site has received 20,788 visitors since May 2012. It contains a wide range of data including media, training documents, member info and alumni information. You can view this information and more on the sitemap.

Conference attendees

Four members of the Rescue Squad attended the conference: Rescue Captain and biochemistry major Margaret "Meg" D'Elia '13, computer science major Alex Remy '13, biology major Charles "Wes" Cubberly '14, and biology major Aereille Matsangos '15, along with over 1,000 representatives of campus-based EMS organizations from 102 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.

Founded in 1969, the Saint Michael's College Fire & Rescue Squads have been in operation 24/7 continuously since then. The squads operate throughout the school year, through the summer, and during all vacation periods. They have been a model for the creation of such squads on other college campuses.

NCEMSF is a non-profit organization committed to "scholarship, research and consultancy activities and to creating safer, healthier environments on college and university campuses throughout North America."

There are now over 250 college campus-based emergency medical service (EMS) agencies trained to respond within minutes and provide care tailored specifically to campus emergencies. NCEMSF's purpose is to support, promote, and advocate for EMS on college and university campuses, and its annual creates a forum for where ideas can be exchanged and problems solved.

Awards presented at the conference included the following:

  • Collegiate EMS Week Award - University of Dayton
  • Collegiate EMS Video of the Year - University of Califronia - Los Angele
  • Collegiate EMS Web Site of the Year - St. Michaels Fire and Rescue
  • Dr. George J. Koenig Jr. Foundation Service Award - Joshua Moskovitz, MD, MPH
  • Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year - Daniel Maas (Cornell University)
  • Collegiate EMS Provider of the Year - Richard Jamesley (University of Richmond
  • Collegiate EMS Organization of the Year - Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps

"Beyond providing for the acquisition of medical knowledge, campus-based EMS allows student participants to develop life skills including leadership, team work, communication, and decision making, while simultaneously positively impacting other people's lives," said Dr. George Koenig, NCEMSF President. He continued, "These crucial skills serve participants well no matter what careers they ultimately choose... the enthusiasm, optimism, and dedication that exists amongst this talented group of young, professional adults is contagious and truly awe inspiring."

This year's conference program included over 110 lectures, roundtable discussions, expert panels and skills labs in two and half days of programming ranging from the treatment and management of various traumatic and medical emergencies to EMS research to leadership development and strategic planning for the collegiate EMS agency. A series of roundtable discussions took place in which leaders and advisors from various university squads reviewed common problems facing their squads and challenged themselves to find innovative, feasible solutions. The conference also featured several skills labs focusing on airway management, advanced ECG interpretation, improvisational splinting and transport of patients and simulated assessment scenarios.

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