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Student EMTs Lauded for Quick Response

February 10, 2014

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Devan Brazil ’14. Photo by Dao Le '15When a medical emergency occurs anywhere on campus, the first trained responders on the scene are students. When the local fire and rescue department arrives, these students brief the town EMTs and often continue care alongside them.

These speedy responders, members of Saint Anselm College Emergency Medical Services, received compliments recently from the New Hampshire Department of Safety. A group of field training officers from the Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services came to the college to meet the student members and present the team with a plaque for their dedication and service. Last spring, the team also was recognized within the college community, with a service award from the Student Government Association.

Collectively, the members volunteer about 15,000 hours during the academic year-which means that each member spends more time on this activity than the average student spends attending class. They assist students, staff and faculty, the monastic community, and campus visitors, dealing with everything from severe lacerations to allergic reactions and cardiac arrests.

Devan Brazil '14, a natural sciences major with a forensic studies minor, is this year's team captain, with help from lieutenants Hannah Collins '15 (nursing), Christopher Kelleher '15 (computer science), Matt Cote '14 (criminal justice), and Bobby O'Donnell '16 (natural sciences). All 15 members are nationally registered emergency medical technicians licensed in the state of New Hampshire. Besides working shifts with her partners, the captain organizes schedules, arranges event coverage, mentors younger team members, and acts as a liaison with college departments including health services, security, athletics, and dean of students.

"Their commitment is incredible," says Joe Horton '77, vice president for student affairs. "There is an amazing chain of great students who have taken on this responsibility. We've had stellar student leaders over the years."

Team members are on duty from 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. one weeknight per week and both Friday and Saturday nights every 5th weekend. They rotate through weeknight crews for weekend coverage and do multiple "standbys" for club sports, NHIOP events, dances, concerts, and commencement.