Help MIT EMS Save Lives
Since our inception in 2000, MIT EMS has grown remarkably in the services it offers to MIT and the surrounding community. Over the past few years, in particular, demand for our standby services for both internal and external events has significantly increased. However, with this drastic increase in demand, we have found it difficult to provide coverage for planned events while keeping our single ambulance available for regular emergency response.
As a result, we have worked with many groups to obtain funding for a Polaris Ranger 6x6 special operations vehicle that would be intended for dedicated use at special events as well as for extrication of patients from areas inaccessible to the ambulance (such as race courses where the roads are closed or the course is off-road). We purchased the vehicle in May 2017 and successfully converted it to an emergency vehicle. However, we still need to convert the utility box in the back of the Ranger into something that is capable of transporting patients. This will allow the Ranger to extricate patients who cannot walk/sit from difficult locations and move them to the ambulance.
MIT EMS hopes to raise $10,000 by May 31, 2018 to create our custom designed medical component for our new vehicle that would allow transporting patients on a standard ambulance stretcher. This design will provide more safety and comfort to patients than current models and will help set the new standard for special event medical operations. Any donation can help us reach our goal of providing even better care to our patients!
About MIT EMS
MIT EMS is a Massachusetts licensed basic life support (BLS) ambulance agency serving the MIT community. We operate a transporting ambulance and offer an annual EMT training course in January. We are entirely student-run and operate on a volunteer basis. We transport over 500 patients every academic year and provide standby services for on-campus events run by both student groups and the MIT administration. In addition, we also provide our services to external agencies for community events including the annual Kids’ Triathlon and Cambridge Half Marathon. Our HeartSafe division trains hundreds of people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation every year, including non-students in the greater Cambridge and Boston areas.