A Look Inside Temple Emergency Medical Services

While Temple University’s student organizations tend to be very diverse with plenty of variety for everyone, one program in particular, stands out from the rest.

Temple’s Emergency Medical Service Unit, or TUEMS, is run entirely by students whose goal it is to aid the surrounding community. The organization is aligned with the Temple University Police Department and shares facilities at 12th and Montgomery station between the View and TECH Center.

Emergency Medical Technicians or EMT’s ride bikes across campus through its jurisdiction, which stretches from 10th to 16th Streets to the north and south, as well as Susquehanna to Jefferson Streets to the east and west. Their bikes are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment that gives Temple EMT’s the same capabilities as those who work for the Philadelphia Fire Department.

When Philadelphia EMT’s do arrive, they act as a transport service, taking patients to nearby Temple University Hospital for further attention, if need be.

All Temple EMT’s are state certified by the Twin Valley EMT Training Center, they must complete a three-month course and a written examination administered by the state of Pennsylvania.

The course comes at an expense of around $1000. A problem that has arisen is how to pay for it all, as the class is not directly covered by Temple Financial Aid awards. This doesn’t leave students without options, as those who receive refund checks in the mail will be able to pay for the course with that money.

Now the Fall Certification Class for 2014 is full, and wait list seats are filling up. However, Temple EMS and the Twin Valley EMT Training Center are looking to make the class available next semester. Interested students can check out templeems.org for more information.

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