Bard Emergency Medical Services (BEMS)

Overview of Bard Emergency Medical Services (BEMS)

BEMS is a free, confidential, and a non-transport emergency medical service, operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week on Bard's campus. Because of the atypical location of campus, we arrive on scene faster than local ambulances. With our average response time being 3 to 5 minutes, we provide essential care in those vital minutes.

We are entirely student-run club. All BEMS members are either training to be, or already are, New York State certified EMT-Bs. Bard EMS receives its semesterly budget from the Bard Convocation Fund, as decided by Bard students and the Fiscal Committee.

The Duties of BEMS is threefold:

To stabilize and package critical, unstable, or potentially unstable patients (as defined by New York State BLS Protocols [see 3.A]) for transport by ambulance.

To render emergency aid to stable patients (as defined by New York State BLS Protocols [see 3.A]) who need prompt hospital care, and arrange transport to an appropriate care facility.

To render minor interim aid to patients who refuse transport during the hours when Bard Student Health Services is closed.

Within the above parameters, BEMS will render aid to anyone who requests it.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BEMS is currently off call as we are experiencing shortage in personnel (remote learners) and PPE. While we are not in service, we are hiring new members and making the squad as strong as possible for when we return on call. We intend to return on call with a truncated schedule mid-February*
Please email with any questions, and if you are interested in joining our team.

Club Officers

Isa Jones