University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services

Who We Are

University of Dayton EMS (UD EMS), formerly known as 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 UD EMS 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.

UD EMS 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 UD Rescue Squad provides experiences, memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

UD EMS 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. UD EMS has won many National Collegiate EMS Foundation awards, including being recognized twice as the NCEMSF top EMS organization. 

How We Began

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

UD EMS the 1993 school year with seven trained EMTs and a used ambulance (donated '78 Chevy) they were able to acquire. UD EMS 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 Rescue 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, UD EMS obtained its Basic Life Support license from the state for the first time. UD EMS' 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 demonstrator 2000 Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance for approximately $75,000. With this purchase, it finally became clear that UD EMS was a permanent organization at UD.

During the summer of 2008, UD EMS 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 UD EMS 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, the outdated ambulance was replaced with a brand new ambulance. The new Squad 1 was made possible with the help of UD Public Safety and advisor, Major Randall Groesbeck. The new ambulance features updates including a more spacious cabin, numerous safety-related updates, more efficient storage, reverse-cameras, and a smoother, more comfortable drive for both patients and Rescue Squad members.

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Non-Emergency Contact Information

Physical Address
214 Lawnview Ave
Dayton, OH 45409
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General Correspondence
Business Line: (937) 627-8273

Jacob Busch
(440) 728-1178

Public Relations
Alex Hallagan
(440) 320-9595

Major Randall Groesbeck
UD Public Safety
(937) 229-2129

Emergency Information

Emergency Medical Services

214 Lawnview Ave 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 

937-229-2121 (emergency) 937-627-8273 (non-emergency)