National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation

National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation

The National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) is a non-profit organization founded to promote and advocate for campus based emergency medical services.[1] The organization was founded in 1993 with the goal of facilitating the exchange of information amongst collegiate EMS agencies. In 1994, NCEMSF held its first annual conference, which have since become a cornerstone of the organization.[2]



In the early 1990s, with the widespread use of computers linked via the precursor to the Internet, e-mail communication among campus emergency responders was commonplace. For readers of the emergency services Usenet group (misc.emerg-services) and its related e-mail list (EMERG-L), there was occasionally a thread about campus-related EMS. But frequently, discussions on the topic of campus EMS were shunned as inappropriate or obscure. As a result, the campus EMS groups that existed were isolated since there was no good forum where they could openly communicate with each other.

In 1993, in response to a need for information exchange among campus EMS groups, the National Collegiate EMS Foundation (NCEMSF) was established. A loosely associated nationwide group of campus responders was formally brought together by Jon Diorio of Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and others.

Filling a niche, NCEMSF quickly grew. In April 1994 NCEMSF held its first conference at Georgetown University. Representatives from over twenty campus EMS organizations spent the weekend of April 8-10 learning about EMS, meeting each other, and having a great time.

Annual conferences every year since 1994 have been a cornerstone of NCEMSF. Providing the networking and information exchange among campus emergency responders remains one of our main goals.[3]

Annual Conference

Since 1994, the NCEMSF has held a yearly conference hosted by a member college or university.

Year Month/Day Location Host School(s) Notes
2012 February 24–26 Baltimore, MD
2011 February 25–27 Philadelphia, PA
2010 February 26–28 Baltimore, MD Johns Hopkins University
2009 February 27 - March 1 Washington, D.C. The George Washington University & Georgetown University
2008 February 29 - March 2 Philadelphia, PA University of Pennsylvania, Rowan University, Villanova 15th Anniversary
2007 February 23–25 Baltimore, MD UMBC & Johns Hopkins Univ.
2006 February 24–26 Boston, MA Brandeis Univ., Boston Univ., Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., and Tufts Univ.
2005 February 25–27 Philadelphia, PA Villanova Univ. & Ursinus College
2004 February 27–29 Baltimore, MD Johns Hopkins Emergency Response Organization (HERO)
2003 February 21–23 Washington, DC George Washington University
2002 November 8–10 Dayton, OH University of Dayton Regional Conference
2002 February 8–10 Long Island, NY SUNY Stony Brook
2001 February 9–11 Rochester, NY Rochester Institute of Technology
2000 February 11–13 Newark, Delaware University of Delaware
1999 February 12–14 Syracuse, NY Syracuse University
1998 April 17–19 Hartford, CT Trinity College / University of Hartford
1997 June 10–14 Huntington, WV Marshall University
1996 October 11–14 Troy, NY Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1996 March 22–24 New York, NY Fordham University Regional Conference
1995 November 3–5 Philadelphia, PA Villanova University
1994 April 8–10 Washington, DC Georgetown University


The following agencies are active NCEMSF members:


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