Fire and EMS

Medical Emergency

Emergency Action

  1. Call 911 or use "Emergency Call Box" and report incident.
  2. Do not move the patient unless safety dictates.
  3. If trained, use pressure to stop bleeding and provide basic life support as needed.

The University Fire department maintains licensed ambulances staffed with paramedics and EMTs. Medical emergencies should not be transported in personal or University vehicles. The ambulance is on call 24 hours a day. They will respond to medical emergencies on campus. Any injury occurring as a result of an existing hazardous condition should be reported to the University Emergency Dispatcher.

To obtain prompt professional emergency medical treatment, you should request the University Fire Department Ambulance. When requesting an ambulance be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name and telephone number
  • Location of emergency
  • Extent of the incident, injury, or illness
  • Location where someone will meet the ambulance for directing personnel to the patient.

The individual making the call should continue to stay on the phone with the dispatcher and answer as many questions as possible regarding the condition of the injured person so that information can be forwarded to the responding emergency personnel.

First Aid

If you provide first aid, consider the following:

  • Is immediate action needed in order to save a life?
  • Will I place myself in harm or jeopardy?

First aid is just that. Do not jeopardize your health or the health of the patient. Wait for professional help if you are not able to provide proper first aid safely.

Illness or injury to students

Students with minor illnesses or injuries may be referred to the Redfern Health Center. Students with serious illness or injury will be transported directly to an area emergency room.

Illness or injury to faculty / staff

Emergency treatment for medical illness or a job-related injury may be obtained by calling the University Emergency Dispatcher at 911 or (864) 656-2222. The appropriate response will be initiated.

Illness or injury to visitors and guests

Request emergency medical assistance by calling the University Emergency Dispatcher at 911 or (864) 656-2222.


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