About BEMS

Brown EMS is licensed by the State of RI as a volunteer service providing pre-hospital care to the Brown community. We provide Basic and Advanced Life Support (BLS and ALS) care and transport 24 hours a day year round except during brief interruptions for periodic maintenance.

Founded by students in 1978, Brown EMS is currently staffed by a corps of student volunteers who are licensed RI EMTs and who are assisted by a staff of student and non-student ALS Providers who oversee care when needed. EMTs staff the ambulance as well as special coverage requests by Athletics, Student Activities, and Events.  During major campus events such as Spring Weekend and Commencement, Brown EMS operates with a modified Incident Command structure to ensure the safety of large numbers of participants and guests. As a division of Brown Health Services, Brown EMS provides emergency medical care to Brown students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates and is also an important clinical training ground for students pursuing a medical education.


Service Capability

License Type U (University) with BLS/ALS Transport


Ford E450 with AEV Trauma Hawk Ambulance Body

Fly Car 

Ford Explorer

Service Area

Brown academic and residential occupancies in Providence

Annual Calls

Approximately 1100


70 student EMTs and 12 student/non-student ALS Providers