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  • On-Call Hours: 
    • Thursday 5pm-12am
    • Friday 5pm- Sunday 5pm
  • As always, Campus Safety is available 24/7 to assist with any medical needs. Call 503-370-6911 
  • WEMS is assessing student interest for an Emergency Medical Responder course. If you are interested in attaining an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification and joining WEMS, please contact <wemsdirector>

About WEMS

Our mission is to provide early response emergency medical services for members of the Willamette University community and visitors to the University Campus.  WEMS provides health education, public health interventions, and an opportunity for members to enhance their leadership skills. 

Created by students in 1997, Willamette University Medical Services (WEMS) is a professionally licensed EMS agency dedicated to protecting the safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests on campus. Members are medically trained and certified as either Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) or EMT-Basics prior to joining WEMS.  

What can I get out of WEMS?

To begin with you need to understand that WEMS, like anything in life, is built with the people at its core. In the same way as asking what you can get from a class or a profession, you will get out of WEMS what you put into it. Many of our alumni have come into college without any previous medical experience, joined WEMS, and left with fields in the health care profession including working in hospitals, ambulances, search and rescue teams, and many other fields. WEMS offers students the ability to take First Responder classes, as well as continued education and training classes, respond to on-campus emergencies, care for patients, provide follow-up care, and play an active role as a leader within a group.

How can I become a member of WEMS?

There are two ways to join WEMS. One way is to come to Willamette University with your First responder, EMT-Basic or higher certification and join immediately. If you do not have any of these certifications, the other way is by taking a First Responder course which is offered yearly at Willamette, and join after successfully completing this course. If you have certification and are interested in joining WEMS, please contact wemsdirector@willamette.edu 

Training Information

The First Responder course offered at Willamette University is a 6-week long program in which students learn basic life-saving techniques. Once certified, Responders will attend weekly 2-hour drills to keep up with their skills and obtain the necessary hours of continuing education to keep their certifications.    

Commitment

To be an effective WEMS Responder, it is important for students to take the initiative in learning and participating in the organization. Emergency medical skills must be maintained and practiced regularly to ensure success on On-campus emergencies. The level of skill required in being an effective WEMS Responder is gained by attending all the classes for certification and regularly attending drills.

For more information

If you would like more information on how to join or the classes available to you, we can be reached by:

When contacting us, please include your name, phone number, email address, and any certifications you currently hold or are interested in obtaining. Thank you!

If you do not have any of these certifications, the other way is taking a First Responder course which is offered yearly at Willamette, and join after successfully completing this course. Then all you need to do is contact us and say you're interested in joining, and we can get you started!