Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs below cover the most common questions we receive. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please feel free to contact us.

How do I contact UDRS?

In the event of an emergency, our dispatcher can be reached by calling 911 from a campus phone or by calling (937) 229-2121 from a cell phone. For contact information, click here.

What are your hours of operation?

We are generally in service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the school year. We are not in service over the summer break, fall break, Christmas break, and spring break.

How much do you charge?

UDRS provides services to the campus community completely free of charge. If we are out of service, or on a call elsewhere, Dayton Fire Department will be dispatched in lieu of Squad 1. Dayton Fire Department does charge for its services.

Do I have a choice of what Hospital I go to?

We do honor patient requests to various area hospitals, provided that the condition of the patient does not dictate that we transport to a Level 1 Trauma Center (Miami Valley Hospital). Under normal circumstances, Squad 1 transports all patients to Miami Valley Hospital, unless it is re-routing, or a patient states a request. We transport to the following hospitals:

-Miami Valley Hospital (closest hospital)
-Kettering Medical Center
-Good Samaritan Hospital
-Grandview Hospital
-Children's Medical Center
-Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center

Do you get paid?

All rescue squad members are undergraduate students who volunteer their time. Each year, UDRS logs over 13,000 volunteer hours in service to the UD community.

How are you funded?

We are a branch of UD Public Safety and are funded through them.

Who is on a crew?

A crew is generally made of three members: a crew chief and two secondary crew members, all of whom are able to provide patient care. The crew chief is the most experienced member and provides the majority of the patient care. Both of the other crew members assist in helping the crew chief complete each call efficiently and thoroughly as either a secondary crew member ,who arrives to the patient with the crew chief, or as a driver who ensures the crew arrives safely and quickly to where they need to go. The driver is also responsible for assisting with supplies and performing necessary tasks as directed by the crew chief. Class members also often run with our crew, but are considered observers until they become certified.

Can I attend your training sessions?

UD Rescue Squad's EMT-B class and other training sessions are not open to the general public. Members of other squads may attend by prior arrangement by contacting the Training Officer.

What do you do between calls?

Most time between calls is spent at the squad house, 214 Lawnview. During this time, the crew members' first job is to ensure that they are prepared for the next call by checking to make sure all equipment has been stocked and is ready to go. Once these jobs are fulfilled, members are allowed to do as they like at the squad house. We have a kitchen, television, and computers for the members to use. We also have beds so that overnight crews can get sleep between calls.

Why are Public Safety Officers on every call?

Public Safety responds with Squad on every call to ensure scene safety of the crew. The officers also often assist in the extrication of patients.

Does Rescue Squad issue citations?

Rescue Squad does not ever issue citations. If a citation is given due to the result of Squad being called it comes from the UD Public Safety Officer on scene, which is up to the officer's discretion based on the nature of the call.