Brown Student EMTs


During regular academic sessions, the ambulance is staffed with an on-duty Supervisor and two or three on-call volunteer Brown student EMTs. On-call personnel are those who volunteer to carry a two-way radio during an assigned shift and respond to emergency calls as needed when academic schedules permit. On-call EMTs generally select shift times that do not conflict with academic commitments. While on-call EMTs may opt to remain in the EMS quarters where they can study or relax when they are not in class, they are not required to be at EMS during the shift. On-call EMTs obtain radios, keys, and small medical kits and are updated on any concerns including equipment and then may opt to roam within reasonable response distance to the ambulance, campus locations, or designated meeting points. On-call personnel receive training and education as well as EMS work opportunities such as paid details in appreciation of their community service.


During non-academic and summer sessions, the ambulance is staffed with an on-duty Supervisor and one on-duty crew member, usually an eligible Brown student EMT.

On-duty personnel are those who are immediately available for emergency responses. This requires that they are in quarters or with the ambulance during the assigned shift. On-duty personnel are responsible for patient care as well as such tasks as equipment and vehicle maintenance, Campus AED maintenance, medication and supply inventory, summer tutorials for EMS trainees, and other assigned tasks. On-duty personnel are compensated for their time. Eligible student EMTs must undergo an evaluation process to be considered for paid duty shifts.


Active EMTs volunteer on a regular, scheduled basis (24 hours per month) and must maintain the minimum training requirements. (See training section).


EMTs who do not volunteer for regular shifts can still work as substitutes or on special details as long as they have completed orientation, maintained certifications, and met minimum training requirements. Those who have not met these requirements are considered inactive and may not participate in EMS operations until requirements are met.

Emergency Availability

Ideally, all EMS personnel are accessible via cell phone when off-duty. Volunteers, if they are available on campus, may be called in to supplement the on-duty crew in the event of a Major Incident so must provide reliable contact information for the EMS notification list. Automated emergency notifications are made to EMS personnel as needed in the event of a disaster; the automated notification system is tested each semester.

Volunteer Brown Student EMTs

Volunteer Student EMTs report directly to their assigned Supervisor when on shift and for any concerns regarding the established schedule, training, or incidents that require review. Volunteer EMTs must be licensed to practice pre-hospital care in the State of RI in order to practice direct patient care per RI Protocol; EMTs licensed in other states must act as first responders on shift until they obtain a RI license. EMTs are expected to maintain emergency readiness skills and may perform supervised patient care as dictated by their level of training and experience. EMTs are encouraged to participate in regular training on shift as their academic schedule permits; all volunteers must also maintain minimum training requirements each year as dictated by Federal, State, and University guidelines. All training for skill maintenance, including equipment review, CME and State license refresher courses, is provided in return for regular participation on shift. EMTs who cannot volunteer regularly may be considered inactive and participate on a modified level. Only current Brown students may be considered for student employment of any kind (paid or volunteer) at Brown EMS.

Primary Crews (C1) are RI licensed EMTs who have prior experience at Brown EMS, are fully trained, certified, and competent emergency vehicle drivers, meet all the eligibility criteria, and have demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to EMS. Primaries are identified each semester by the EMS supervisory staff and work closely with their assigned supervisors and fellow C1 designees in the leadership of Brown EMS, typically volunteering 24 or more hours each month.

Primary crews who complete additional requirements are eligible to apply for on-duty paid positions.

Second Crews (C2) are usually less experienced or newly licensed/pending RI EMTs, who have met minimum training requirements in prior semesters and volunteer approximately 24 hours on shift each month. Second Crews ideally will eventually undergo the additional training to become Primary EMTs.

Third Crews (C3) may be one of the following:
  • Pending RI EMTs who have either completed a RI EMT-Basic Course or are obtaining RI reciprocity for an out of state EMT license. Reciprocity/initial license must be obtained during first semester of affiliation if continued participation is desired.
  • First Responders who have AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification and plan to complete EMT-Basic training within a year of joining Brown EMS. FRs must demonstrate a plan to become licensed if continued participation is desired. Third Crews may volunteer 24 hours on shift each month.

Paid Brown Student EMTs

Eligible Brown Student EMTs may be considered for paid positions during summer and non-academic periods.

  • Current Brown student
  • Valid RI EMT license
  • Two semesters experience as a licensed EMT; equivalent experience may be considered
  • EVDT certification and at least one semester of driving experience, or the equivalent
  • Ability to perform all aspects of pre-hospital care, including lifting and moving of patients, as part of a two-man crew
  • Additional outside ride time with a 911 service preferred
  • 24 hours per week, minimum
Job responsibilities:
  • Work collaboratively with an ALS Supervisor in the provision of patient care
  • Drive the ambulance on calls requiring the Supervisor to provide patient care
  • Perform daily equipment checks and maintenance at the start of each shift and as needed throughout shift
  • Assist with routine maintenance of the ambulance, including fueling, fluids, tires, and daily cleaning of interior and exterior of vehicle
  • Assist with routine maintenance of EMS headquarters, including laundry and daily upkeep
  • Assist with training to EMT Summer Students during daily tutorial sessions (summer only)
  • Assist with completion of administrative tasks, including inventory, campus AED maintenance, building safety checks, reporting, filing, and ongoing projects


Note: This job requires that the EMT be on duty with the Supervisor and ambulance for the duration of a 12 hour shift.