Medical Emergency? UConn Counts on Us.

Emergency Medical Services


UCFD is trained and committed to delivering the highest level of care. We are the primary EMS provider for the UConn Storrs  and UConn Health Center Campuses. UCFD’s services are equipped with 4 BLS ambulances, 2 ALS ambulances staffed with firefighters who are trained to the EMT level or higher. Firefighters are also trained in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) in conjunction with the Police Department. Windham Hospital provides the Advanced Life Support services to the Storrs area. Based out of Willimantic, the Windham Medics serve multiple towns including UConn. UCFD headquarters in Storrs currently operates as a BLS service while the UCFD HC station is the ALS provider for the Farmington Campus.

UCFD works closely with Student Health Services on campus. In the event of a life threatening medical condition, the department coordinates with Student Health Services to provide the highest level of care. If you have a medical condition you want UConn Fire Department’s EMS providers to know about, contact Student Health Services.

University AED Program


About the Program

The University of Connecticut Fire Department is responsible for the University AED Program which started in May of 2018 following a presentation by a junior nursing student, Justin Pedneault, to the Provost Office. Shortly after the University AED Committee was formed and met for the first time. Initial funding for 135 AED units, cabinets, and Stop the Bleed supplies were provided by the University Provost Office to outfit all academic buildings at all UConn campuses. In conjunction with many offices and departments at the University, the UCFD made quick work of determining appropriate locations and had the units installed and ready for use in an emergency.

The University AED Program provides oversight, management, and coordination for the public access to emergency supplies found on 7 of UConn’s campuses (Storrs, Depot, Avery Point, Downtown Hartford, Hartford Law, Stamford, and Waterbury).  Each AED location is outfitted with necessary equipment to empower the students, staff, faculty, and visitors to act in a life-threatening emergency in order to save someone’s life.

Each AED location as part of this program is outfitted with the following supplies:

  1. One alarmed Physio Control cabinet, wall mounted or stand mounted
  2. One Physio Control LifePak CR-Plus Fully Automated AED with 2 Adult Pad Sets
  3. One LifePak Ready Kit (containing a barrier device, gloves, trauma shears, wipes, and a razor)
  4. Two Basic Stop the Bleed kits (each containing a tourniquet, trauma gauze, trauma shears, a sharpie, gloves, and a pressure bandage).

AED locations are placed uniformly among the UConn campuses involved with the program.  In determining the position of each AED the UCFD walked every floor of each building to explore various complications that could prevent someone from being able to access or find the AED.  The placements are designed to be publicly accessible.  Although some are in locked laboratory research hallways these are indicated as private AEDs, therefore they are accessible to those working in those areas.

AEDs were placed with the following guidelines in mind:

  1. Main entrance to the building
  2. Main elevator bank/heavily traveled stairwell
  3. Alternating floors, 1st floor and 3rd floor, or 2nd floor and 4th floor
  4. Go up one floor, or down one floor if you cannot locate the AED

The UCFD has also partnered with a California-based company, PulsePoint Foundation.  PulsePoint offers the PulsePoint AED product.  By using PulsePoint the UCFD can track and manage all the AEDs in the AED Program.  PulsePoint AED is also a free, smartphone application that anyone can download to find the nearest AEDs.

Each AED is entered into PulsePoint once it is ready for use and you can view it on a Google Map view.  It also contains a photo of the location in its surroundings, as well as a written description of the location.

View all University AED locations on the map:

PulsePoint AED App:

Apple

Android

HeartSafe Campus

Due to the efforts of the UConn Fire Department and University AED Program, the University of Connecticut was recognized by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as the first HeartSafe Campus in the State. Seven of UConn’s campuses received an individual distinction as each campus involved with the program met the requirements as a HeartSafe Campus.

To Learn More about the HeartSafe Program in Connecticut

Training:

Under the University AED Program the UCFD is working with the Storrs-based student organization, UConn Rescue, to provide CPR/AED, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed training to the UConn community.  To request training under the University AED Program please email: aedprogram@uconn.edu

To Learn More about the student organization UConn Rescue 

Community Engagement:

In an emergency when seconds count, you do not want to wonder where the AED or bleeding control kits are located.  YOU WANT TO KNOW. Be prepared for emergencies by downloading the PulsePoint AED smartphone application (links above) and by taking an active role in the University AED Program.

The community can assist with this endeavor and report issues with the AED locations using the RED quick response (or QR) codes on the front of each AED cabinet.

Community members can scan the QR code with their smartphone, select the link that appears, and complete the form.

The UConn Fire Department will receive these entries and respond to issues and reports promptly.

For additional questions, concerns or inquiries please email: aedprogram@uconn.edu