MSU Emergency First Response Team operates throughout the summer months

June 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm

The McMaster Students Union Emergency First Response Team (EFRT) is a group of approximately 30 student volunteers who provide emergency medical services to the McMaster Campus, with an average response time of 2-3 minutes. All responders are certified Emergency Medical Responders, with more senior members being trained in International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS).

During the summer month (May through August), EFRT is operational Monday to Friday from 9:00AM - 5:00PM (except on statutory holidays). During the academic year, EFRT is on call24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of statutory holidays, periods of extended University closure, along with the Fall Break and Reading Week.

If EFRT is called, a team of three responders carrying various medical equipment will be dispatched to a location through campus Security Services.  When on scene, responders are trained to assess many different situations including musculoskeletal and soft-tissue injuries, airway and breathing compromises, intoxication or drug related emergencies, diabetic emergencies, cardiac arrest, and many more.  If further medical attention is required, the EFRT will contact Hamilton EMS or advise patients to visit the Urgent Care Center.  Although EFRT deals with patients in many different states and situations, the EFRT is a strictly confidential service.

How to contact EFRT:

EFRT can be activated in multiple ways:

  • By dialing "88" from any campus phone
  • Directly calling a McMaster Security Services dispatcher at 905 522 4135
  • Contacting Security Services through the red emergency poles located around campus
  • Using McMaster University’s SafetyApp
  • Visiting the EFRT office located in the McMaster University Student Centre room 103, to the right of the Compass

First Aid and CPR Training:

The Emergency First Response Team offers First Aid and CPR courses throughout the year under Canadian Red Cross standards. These courses are approved by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and will meet the requirements set out by your employer and/or faculty. Courses are available throughout the Summer 2019. Registration is available online, by visiting the MSU Main Office in MUSC 201, or by calling 905-525-9140 x27301.

Stay connect to EFRT through Facebook and Twitter.

Fore more information, please contact:

Albert Huynh
Program Director
efrt@msu.mcmaster.ca
905-525-9140 24117

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