The National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) encourages and promotes community awareness of the potential for saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims through the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and increased public access to defibrillation.
In order to increase this awareness, NCEMSF, with support from HEARTSAFE Communities, the American Heart Association, The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and industry partners, has developed an initiative to designate college communities as “HeartSafe Campuses.” NCEMSF affirms that the cornerstone of any HEARTSafe Campus is a vibrant campus-based emergency medical response organization.
“HeartSafe Campuses,” like HEARTSafe Communities, promote and support:
- Rapid Response by CPR and AED Trained First Responders
- Rapid Public Access to Defibrillation
- Early Access to Advanced Care
- Public CPR and AED Training for the Community
- Engagement in Preventative Cardiovascular Healthcare Activities
The intent of this program is to recognize quality campus based EMS organizations and their communities and hold them out as examples to other campuses as a means to improve overall cardiac arrest care. Information from this program may be shared by NCEMSF with other campus EMS organizations in consulting, seminars, and written material for the purpose of helping organizations improve the quality of EMS and overall cardiac care on campuses.
Campus EMS organizations completing and submitting this self-assessment and verification packet on behalf of their campuses and fulfilling all required criteria herein will be acknowledged by NCEMSF at our annual conference and recognized for a three-year period with a "HEARTSafe Campus" award. HEARTSafe Campuses will need to recertify ever three years by updating and refilling this application.
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.
Campuses labeled as HEARTSsafe Campuses will receive appropriate signage for their campus. Additional Signage may be purchased from NCEMSF.
The National Collegiate EMS Foundation in partnership with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association will be once again recognizing cardiac arrest CPR/AED rescues made on campuses at the 24th Annual NCEMSF conference in Baltimore. The recognition items are a uniform commendation bar and certificate which will be presented at the annual awards ceremony on February 25th.
Please submit information for recognition of your campus EMS responders who participated in a cardiac arrest rescue and will be attending the conference and return the pdf accompanying form (108 KB) by February 10th to ensure your responders are recognized.
2013 (Inaugural Year of Program):
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT EMS)
2014: (Press Release: pdf HeartSafe Press Release 2014 (179 KB) [PDF])
- Binghamton University (Harpur's Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service) - April 2, 2014 news article
- Syracuse University (Syracuse University Ambulance)
- University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UMass-Lowell EMS)
- University of Richmond (University of Richmond EMS)
- University of Pittsburgh (Pitt SEMS)
2015: (Press Release: pdf HeartSafe Press Release 2015 (21 KB) [PDF])
- Fordham Univeristy (Fordham EMS)
- Georgetown University (Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Services)
- Rowan University (Rowan University EMS)
- Tufts University (Tufts EMS) - News Article
- University of Albany, SUNY (Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Squad)
- University of Delaware (University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit) - Press Release, News Article
- University of Maine (University of Maine EMS)
- Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech Rescue Squad)
- Brandeis Univeristy (BEMCo)
- Franklin and Marshall College
- Johns Hopkins University (HERO)
- McMaster University
- University of Virginia
"The American Heart Association applauds the efforts of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation to foster and promote a stronger “chain of survival” through the establishment of HEARTSafe Campuses."