The National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation EMS Ready Campus program is designed to recognize excellence in emergency management and disaster preparedness of collegiate EMS organizations. Additionally, the program provides a framework for the enhancement of emergency management education, overall campus preparedness, and response capabilities for the applicant organization. Organizations will have the opportunity to receive recognition through a combination of self-evaluation, dynamic interaction with NCEMSF staff, and by completing a group of prescribed tasks.
EMS Ready Campus consists of three tiers of achievement: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
This program is not a certification or an endorsement of any specific policy or procedure, but rather recognition for organizations that have embraced the challenges of EMS operations outside of traditional patient-care activities. Participants who meet the program requirements will receive an award plaque, acknowledgment at the NCEMSF Annual Conference, and on the NCEMSF website.
Recognition is valid for three academic years, but may be upgraded to a higher tier at any time upon completion of the requirements. An upgraded recognition begins a new three-year period for which the award is valid. The higher tiers require that all the tasks of the preceding tier are also completed or renewed.
A final elective component, which can be added to either the Bronze, Silver, or Gold recognition, is the Laurels in EMS Emergency Preparedness Research distinction. Completion of an optional research initiative in collaboration with NCEMSF earns this title.
All application materials must be received at least two-weeks prior to the start of the annual NCEMSF conference for the year in which the campus is to be considered for the award or renewal of the award. Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the application process or the designation.
2015 (Inaugural Year of Program):
- Rowan University (Rowan University EMS) - Bronze
- Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech Rescue Squad) - Bronze
- Case Western Reserve University - Bronze
- Drexel University - Bronze
- Northern Illinois University - Bronze
- St. Michael's College - Bronze
- Syracuse University - Bronze
- Temple University - Bronze
- University of Pittsburgh - Bronze
- FEMA's NIMS Training webpage lists online and in-classroom classes related to the Incident Command System and National Incident Management System. Various classes from this list are required for all three Tiers.
- A free online Hazardous Materials Awareness course is available from TEEX (required for the Silver Tier). TEEX is a member of FEMA's National Domestic Preparedness Consortium.
- FEMA's Independent Study Program provides online emergency management classes, including those required for the Silver Tier.
- FEMA's Professional Development Series is a group of free, web-based classes that are required for the Gold Tier.
- FirstResponderTraining.gov lists classes from state training offices, FEMA, and FEMA's partners related to emergency management, fire, and EMS.