What is WEMS?

Willamette University Emergency Medical Services (WEMS) was founded in 1997 by students concerned with the safety and well-being of those on campus.  WEMS is a professionally licensed EMS agency in the State of Oregon, providing Basic Life Support (BLS) to students, faculty, staff, and guests of the Willamette community.

When is WEMS on call?

WEMS responds to On-Campus emergencies during the following hours: Thursday 5pm-12am and Friday 5pm- Sunday 5pm. In the case of an emergency, Campus Safety is available 24/7 to assist with any and all medical needs: 503-370-69

Will I get in trouble for calling WEMS?

The safety of our patients is our #1 priority. WEMS operates under a non-punitive educational response, which allows students to call for help while minimizing the legal consequences and the involvement of outside agencies (i.e Salem Police Department). Furthermore, Willamette University has an Alcohol Amnesty policy when it comes to seeking medical help. WEMS prides itself on allowing students to feel safe when calling for help and realizes that confidentiality and the preservation of private information is of the utmost importance.

Campus Safety is available 24/7 to assist with any and all medical needs: 503-370-6911

How can I join WEMS?

WEMS requires their responders to be medically trained with at least a First Responder (EMR) level of certification.  A First Responder training course is organized through WEMS every semester. If you are interested in taking this course or in joining WEMS, please email wemsdirector@willamette.edu. 

What can I get out of being a WEMS member?

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.

What if I already have my First Responder or EMT-basic training?

If you already have a valid First Responder/ EMT certification you may join WEMS at any time.  Just email wemsdirector@willamette.edu.

What if I have Wilderness First Responder training?

Unfortunately, this type of certification is not the one needed to join our organization.  You will need to complete a regular First Responder certification before joining WEMS.