A New Home for a Vital Campus Program

Almost a quarter century ago, University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services took shape, and it has evolved into a vital — and life-saving — campus presence. Now donor support has provided a home that matches the program's prominence and impact.

In November 1992, a handful of University Public Safety cadets recognized the need for an emergency response team on campus. Their initiative prompted the formation of UD EMS.A New Home A donated University van served as an ambulance, and the station was housed in a side room in the Public Safety building. No formal training was required, and the cadets were the only members. In addition, service was only provided on the weekends, with no set schedule.

Fast forward to 2017:

  • Over 500 undergraduate students have served in the program.
  • EMS has 60 student volunteers participate in the program each year, all of whom are nationally and locally certified emergency medical technicians.
  • EMS service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the academic year.
  • Last year alone, EMS attended to more than 600 service calls, ranging from minor illnesses to life-threatening emergencies, and logged over 13,000 volunteer hours.
  • UD EMS has received numerous accolades, including the 2016 State of Ohio Department of Emergency Medical Services' EMS Agency of the Year.

This huge amount of program growth was fueled by University — and donor — investments. The donated van was put to rest in 2000 with the acquisition of an ambulance, which was replaced with a newer model in 2012. EMS also acquired an industrial-size heated garage. Early in the program, University Residential Services had even donated a small two-story house in the student neighborhood to serve as EMS headquarters.

But as the program grew, the cramped headquarters, known as the Rescue Squad House, limited EMS capabilities. Donors took heed and paved the way for a new house benefiting the expansive program.

Maj. Randy Groesbeck, director of administration and security for the Department of Public Safety and the student organization's adviser, explained: "The old house was over 100 years old, had two small bedrooms and a single, very small bathroom. It was simply no longer suitable for this purpose."

Current EMS Chief Jacob Busch '17 shared the impact of the new house: "With more space, we can now hold review sessions for our new members who are working toward becoming nationally certified EMTs. A New HomeMoreover, this new house is outfitted for EMS operations, compared to our old house which was outfitted for a daily college lifestyle. It has lights that turn on when we get a call, allowing us to see better in the middle of the night. And we now have room to study and relax while on shift. We also have two more beds than before, so no one has to sleep on the couch anymore." The University dedicated the new house in August 2016, just in time for the start of the academic year.

EMS members immediately felt the effect of the new house. Andrea Toth '17 said, "Everyone involved went above and beyond to make sure that we, as an organization, would have everything we would ever need. I'm not sure we will ever be able to put into words how much this house means to us and how thankful we are, but we will certainly try to show our gratitude through the way that we work to serve our community."

Through their service to the campus community, Toth and other EMS members not only impact and save lives — they gain an experience that changes the course of their own lives, helping develop them into tomorrow's servant-leaders. Toth summed it up best: "To simply say that UD EMS has enhanced my college experience does not do it justice. Being a member of UD EMS has been truly life-changing and has helped me grow in ways I never thought possible. I will be forever indebted to this organization for the experiences that I have had, knowledge and skills that I have acquired, and friends I have made."

Donor support has provided a home that reflects all that the program means to — and does for — the campus community. Thank you for making it happen.

Rescue Squad House Features and Support

In spring 2016, the old Rescue Squad House was demolished and the site was prepped for construction of the program's new home. Unibilt Industries of Vandalia, Ohio, took on the project — in addition to donating $25,000 toward it. Numerous other donors provided support, including 1964 University grad John Forte, who paved the way for a successful campaign when he pledged to match donations up to $200,000.

The Rescue Squad House remains at its previous address: 214 Lawnview Ave. Enhanced house features include:

  • 2,241 square feet of space.
  • Three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
  • A decontamination area.
  • Office and study areas.
  • A walkway to the ambulance garage.
  • Additional storage space for equipment.
  • Personal lockers for EMTs.
  • A continued presence in the student neighborhood.

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7052

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