MERT, the Medical Emergencies Response Team, is an organization of student volunteers who work with and are advised by Health Services.
MERT responds to approximately 200 calls a year involving all types of medical emergencies. Student volunteers are responsible for responding to calls during two 24-hour shifts a month.
In addition to day-to-day medical responses, MERT assists with special events such as hockey games and campus concerts. Its members also attend the National Collegiate EMS Conference in Washington, D.C., each year.
The organization is open to all students and always looking for dedicated members. No prior experience is necessary. Free 8-week emergency medical technician (EMT) classes are offered each year for those who are not already licensed. Non-licensed students can still participate as assistants.
MERT strives to be more than just a resume builder, but rather a real way to gain experience as an EMT and make a difference on campus.
For more information, check out MERT on Facebook or contact MERT Chief Greg Faughnan.