The Worcester Polytechnic Institute Emergency Medical Service (WPI EMS) is a volunteer student group which is dedicated to providing first responder level emergency medical care to the WPI community twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. WPI EMS answers all emergency calls from the students, faculty, staff and guests of WPI and administers medical treatment within the capacity of the Massachusetts Standard Operating Procedures. WPI EMS functions as unit of the WPI Campus Police Department, and was established in 1990 as a result of an IQP project. WPI EMS hosts weekly trainings and continuing education courses in an effort to ensure that our staff is constantly remaining up-to-date on medical knowledge and practice. Members are required to be trained at least at the Massachusetts First Responder level, but many members on the service hold a higher certification.
In the event of a medical emergency, WPI EMS responds within minutes with WPI Campus Police. WPI EMS provides basic medical services and can facilitate the transport of a patient to the hospital through a WEMS, Medstar, and EasCare.
Our service provides medical staffing for many events on campus, including NSO, Commencement, SoccComm Big Show, Relay for Life, Destination Imagination, Touch Tomorrow, and many sporting games throughout the year. WPI EMS also hosts First Responder and EMT classes annually.
In conjunction with South County EMS Associates (Oxford Fire), WPI EMS hosts courses annually that are open to the entire community. If you are interested in becoming certified as a First Responder or EMT, please visit the Certification section of our website.
WPI EMS has also established a working partnership with Boylston Fire-EMS, so many of our members work as professional EMTs in addition to working as medical providers on the WPI campus.