Student Volunteer Rescue Squad

University of Dayton Rescue Squad

Established 1992

In case of emergency, please dial 911 (campus phone) or (937) 229-2121.

The University of Dayton Rescue Squad is a state certified Basic Life Support ambulance.  We are a student volunteer squad serving the UD community with Emergency Medical Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year.


Who We Are

The UD Rescue Squad is located on the University of Dayton's Campus in Dayton, Ohio.  Founded in 1992, we are a 100% student run volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization composed of undergraduate UD students.  We provide pre-hospital care and transportation for all medical and trauma emergencies on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year.

All Rescue Squad members are nationally and locally certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).  Members undergo rigorous classroom and practical training to obtain their EMT certification, as well as any further certifications they may pursue. Once certified, members are required to attend training sessions on campus that focus on many of the challenges and skills of the pre-hospital environment, as well as attend continuing education seminars at local hospitals.

The Rescue Squad is composed of dedicated members who are committed to excellence, leadership, and teamwork.  Dedicated students willing to serve will find that being a member of UDRS provides experiences, memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

UD Rescue is a proud member of the National Collegiate EMS Foundation.  It is also recognized by the University as a student run organization and division of UD Public Safety.

How We Began

The UD Rescue Squad was founded in November of 1992 by a few Public Safety Cadets after they determined the need for a rapid EMS response on campus. They used a donated university van stocked with medical supplies for their ambulance, and a side room in the Public Safety building as their Station.  No formal training was provided through the organization, and the cadets were the only active members. The Squad was usually available on weekends, but there was no set schedule.

The Squad began the 1993 school year with seven trained EMTs and a used ambulance (donated '78 Chevy) they were able to acquire.  The Squad began responding to calls on campus from Thursday through Saturday from 7pm to 7am.  In this same year, the first EMT class sponsored by Public Safety was started with nine undergraduate students enrolled.

In 1994, Residential Services donated the house located at 214 Lawnview Avenue in the student neighborhood to the Rescue Squad, and in doing so, created the Squad House.  The house serves as our administrative headquarters, and includes a kitchen, living room, computer room, bathroom, and two bedrooms.

During the 1997-98 academic year, the squad obtained its Basic Life Support license from the state for the first time.  UD Rescue Squad's professionalism and commitment to training were recognized by the area's medical director, who granted permission for qualified squad members to intubate and utilze certain drugs while rendering care to patients.

In 2000, with the help of UD Public Safety director John Delamer, UDRS alumnus Tom Beers, and Dr. Bill Schuerman, the University purchased a factory model 2000 Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance for approximately $75,000. With this purchase, it finally became clear that the Rescue Squad was a permanent organization at UD.

During the summer of 2008, the squad finally saw its dream of having a garage to house the ambulance materialize.  With the help of adviser Randy Groesbeck, and other university administrators, an industrial size heated garage was built next to the squad house.  The garage was completed at the end of the summer and came in to service at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year.

In the fall of 2012, we replaced our increasingly outdated ambulance with a brand new ambulance. The new Squad 1 was made possible with the help of UD Public Safety and our advisor, Lt. Randall Groesbeck. The new ambulance features updates including a more spacious cabin, more efficient storage, reverse-cameras, and a smoother, more comfortable drive for both patients and Squad members.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check out our Facebook page for the most recent news updates and more photos!


Fall 2014

CPR and First Aid Classes:

  • September 16 - CPR - KU 310 - 6-8pm 
  • September 24 - First Aid - KU 331 - 6-8pm
  • October 20 - First Aid - KU 310 - 6-8pm
  • October 23 - CPR - KU 222 - 6-8pm
  • November 10 - CPR - KU 331 - 6-8pm*
  • November 11 - First Aid - KU 331 - 6-8pm*
  • November 12 - CPR - ArtStreet Studio B - 8-10pm*
  • November 13 - First Aid - KU 331 - 6-8pm*

       *EMS Week Event

National Collegiate EMS Week Nov. 8-15

  • November 4- Blood Drive -UD RecPlex - 12-6pm
  • November 11- "Meet Rescue Squad" - KU Plaza - 11am-2pm  
  • November 13- "Meet Rescue Squad" - KU- 11am-2pm
  • November 13- Speaking at Pi Beta Phi Health and Wellness Seminar- RecPlex Mac Gym - 7:30-9pm
  • November 14- Car Extrication with Dayton Fire Department - C Lot - 1-3pm
  • November 15- Careflight Landing and MICU- S1 Lot- 1-2:45pm
  • November 15- EMS Week Cookout! -Rescue Squad House, 214 Lawnview- 3:30pm
  • ***See Above CPR/First Aid Schedule for FREE EMS Week classes!

Spring 2015

CPR/AED and First Aid Classes:

  • February 17 - First Aid - KU 311 - 6-8pm 
  • March 11 - CPR - KU 311 - 6-8pm
  • March 18 - First Aid - KU 312 - 6-8pm
  • April 21 - CPR - KU 311 - 6-8pm

Ride Alongs for prospective members February-March

Prospective Members informational meetings. Attendance to one or more of these events is not required for applying, but it is highly recommended.

  • March 11 - Open house - KU Hangar - 6-8pm
  • March 19 - Info Session - KU 331 - 7-9pm
  • March 24 - Info Session - KU Ballroom - 7-9pm
  • March 29 - Open House - Squad House (214 Lawnview) - 2-4pm

Application for Prospective Members DUE MARCH 31st at 11:59pm

Interviews for New Squad Members 

  • Tentatively April 8-12

8th Annual Lesley Smith Memorial 5K- April 11th 10am-2pm Sign Up Here

Contact Us

If you are having a medical emergency and require an ambulance, dial 911 from any campus phone or (937) 229-2121 from a cell phone.

All 911 calls from a UD campus landline are directed to UD Public Safety, who dispatch UD Rescue. All 911 calls from any landline off campus or from a cell phone are routed to the City of Dayton 911 call center.

To reach UD Public Safety directly, dial (937) 229-2121. UD Students are encouraged to program this number into their cell phones, as it eliminates one step in the response process.

Non-Emergency Contact Information:

Physical Address
214 Lawnview
Dayton, OH 45409
Click here for a campus map

General Correspondence
Business Line: (937) 627-8273

Jonathan Melendez
(787) 421-8610 

Public Relations
Jasmine Lahoud 
(440) 799-2163 

Lt. Randall Groesbeck
UD Public Safety
(937) 229-2129