EMS Organizational Structure

How SLU EMS is Organized:

Fully staffed, SLU EMS consists of twenty-five dedicated members. The Director of SLU EMS serves a number of important roles. As the Public Information Officer for SLU EMS, the Director is responsible for interacting with the New York State Department of Health, State and Local oversight bodies, the University Administration and the Safety and Security Department. The Director also works with other local EMS agencies, such as Canton Rescue, to ensure the best possible service is delivered to our patients. Finally, the Director is also responsible for handling public queries for information.

The Assistant Director of SLU EMS is responsible for our day-to-day operations. This job includes ensuring proper scheduling and staffing, keeping our vehicle fully stocked and supplied, and maintaining our vehicle and equipment.

Our Director and Assistant Director both share the final task of providing a Supervisory role to our members. They rotate on-call periods, during which one of the two Supervisors is always available for questions or assistance.

SLU EMS operates several smaller units which are dedicated to patient care. These units are called Duty Crews. A typical SLU EMS Duty crew consists of three EMTs, one of whom is the Crew Chief and is responsible for administrative tasks within the crew itself. The Duty Crew also is typically staffed with two First Responders.

At any given time, one of our Duty Crews is assigned to be on call. An on-call crew consists of an EMT who is assigned to our vehicle, a back-up EMT who is on foot, and a First Responder who is also on foot.

For more about how Duty Crews respond to an incident, please see the Emergency Response section.

For more on the training required to become a First Responder or an EMT, please see the appropriate training section.