The University of San Francisco: Emergency Medical Response Service

Membership Details

Prospective (Probationary) Membership

Upon completion of an EMT course, national registration and certification by the state, you will have what is needed to work as an EMT. The EMRS probationary period helps you expand on your skills and experiences, transitioning you from classroom to the field. The EMRS squad and agencies in San Francisco City and County will help you gain experience during this transition period. You will also learn about how EMRS works, our unique protocols and expectations and establish professional relationships with the EMT’s, university and the San Francisco EMS community.

Active Squad membership

Any student who successfully completes an EMT-Basic course and receives California EMT certification and becomes accredited by the San Francisco City and County is allowed to apply for a position with EMRS. Applicants will be evaluated on several criteria, including experience, knowledge of required skills and topics. Once accepted, EMTs will attend membership orientation, complete necessary background and health clearance, fulfill training requirements and observer shifts before being granted active membership in the squad or during the probationary semester. Upon successful completion of these tasks, they will be granted full membership.

Community membership

Community EMRS membership is for those who are not EMT-B certified but want to volunteer for the EMRS in another capacity. EMRS needs people from backgrounds in business, administration, graphics, program assistant, and those that are able and willing to perform various skills and tasks. Such things as answering telephones, filing, delivery laundry, accounting, writing letters are all important contributions to the success of the service.

If you are interested in volunteering with the EMRS, please contact us through either email, telephone or stop by during face time (office hours) and tell us about your interests, skills and talents. We can help align your special gifts to our needs.

Time Commitment

There are different levels of involvement with the EMRS making an exact time commitments difficult to predict. Below are the minimum hourly and meeting requirements per academic semester, unless otherwise indicated.

  Minimum Commitment
Shifts (Squad members ONLY) At least one 12 hour shift a month & at least one weekly 3 hour shift; August-Dec or Jan-May
Officer Meetings One meeting a month; 2 hours each (must not miss more than 2 meetings a semester)
General Membership Meetings One meeting a month; August-Dec or Jan-May
Continuing Education (Squad Members ONLY) 6 hours offered each semester (Must stay up to date with CEU requirement)
CPR Instructors ONLY Must teach a minimum of 2 courses a semester
Student Officer Commitment Varies with position. Typically 6-8 hours a week. Must be available year round and be able to commit to a one year appointment
EMRS “Desk Time” 2 hours/month as needed

Training for Active Squad Membership

USF has partnered with the San Francisco Paramedic Association (SFPA) and offers a 2 unit credit course through the College of Arts and Sciences (Biology 205.01 EMT Training # 22516), an EMT B course, three times a year. The course is held at the San Francisco Paramedics Association offices at 657 Mission Street, Suite 302. USF sponsors 20 students annually for additional course costs not covered by tuition credit.

If you are already a certified EMT or you did not get your EMT-Basic certification at USF through SFPA, you are just as welcome. Many community colleges offer EMT training classes either during the regular school year or during the summer. Any student who successfully completes an outside EMT-Basic course and receives a California EMS certification is allowed to apply for a position with EMRS. Applicants will be evaluated on several criteria, including knowledge of required skills and topics. Once accepted, EMTs will attend membership orientation, submit health, background and certification clearance and fulfill observer shifts. Upon successful completion of these tasks, they will be granted full squad membership.

Squad Members Clearance Requirements

Entry into the EMRs squad requires students to have health requirement clearance, background check, occupational health screening (OSHA), respirator mask fit testing, drug testing, CPR and EMT certification verification and university academic and conduct standards review. The first set of health requirements submitted requires extensive documentation of immunization history.