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Emergency Medical Assistance

The primary mission of URI EMS is to respond to requests for emergency medical assistance at the University's Kingston and Narragansett Bay Campuses. We respond to a wide range of calls such as for difficulty breathing, traumatic injuries, cardiac symptoms/chest pain to other illnesses or injuries. When such an emergency occurs, URI EMS is ready to respond.

URI EMS currently staffs one transporting ambulance 24 hours a day 7 days a week year-round. At least one licensed Rhode Island EMT and driver along with a Shift Supervisor form our normal minimum staffing. Throughout the year, we routinely have more staff available on hand if needed and we will staff additional personnel during major anticipated events (such as storms or other such incidents). We also have the ability to call additional staff on demand for unanticipated events (such as major incidents with multiple injuries, etc).

URI EMS is equipped to provide emergency assistance and transportation to a hospital ER facility where further advanced care can be delivered.

If you reside on campus or are a frequent visitor to campus and you wish to disclose information about a preexisting condition that may require specialized treatment, you may share that confidentially with our command staff. Please visit Contact Us and provide your email or phone number and we will be in touch with you.

In addition to standard services, URI EMS is on the leading edge of providing specialized nontraditional services, collectively known as EMS Special Operations. Please click the link for more information.

What to do in an Emergency!

  • DO NOT MOVE THE PATIENT unless the area is not safe (fire, etc)
  • Dial 401-874-2121 from your cell phone or 4-2121 from a university phone
  • Tell the dispatcher your name, location and a telephone number you can be reached at. Be as precise as possible.
  • Describe to the best of your knowledge what happened & how.
  • Do not hang up until the dispatcher hangs up first.
  • Clear the area of people who are not relatives or witnesses.
  • Have someone await the arrival of the ambulance at the
    entrance to guide the ambulance crew in.
  • Ensure that all access paths are clear for the ambulance crew.