About UVAC - Frequently Asked Questions
What is UVAC?
The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps. or UVAC, is an ambulance service that serves the University community. We are a service composed of students and staff members from the University of Maine, as well as a small number of community members.
Do you have to be an EMT to join UVAC?
No, anyone can join UVAC. All you need to become a member of the service is a current BLS certification, and a current student or staff member at UMaine.
Does UVAC have EMTs on the ambulance?
Yes. This is a state requirement. In addition there are assistants who have CPR training.
Does UVAC train people?
Yes, UVAC has monthly trainings as well as the ability to send individuals to various courses. (PHTLS, WEMT, etc.) The EMT-B course is available on campus each semester through a partnership with Northeast EMS.
Does it cost anything to join UVAC? Are there dues?
No, there are no annual dues, or any initial startup costs. You may have to purchase some clothing and footwear, if what you currently own is not appropriate.
What is the commitment that you have to make to join?
To maintain an active status with the service individuals have to work at least 24 hours of volunteer shifts per month and attend a minimum of one meeting/training per month. Members generally volunteer 48 hours per month or more.
How do the shifts work?
During the work week, UVAC runs on three 4 hours shifts during the day (7-11, 11-3, 3-7) and a 12 hour overnight shift. On weekends, the day shift is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Can I pick who I am duty on with?
You can put in a similar schedule request as the person that you want to run with, however you might not get a perfect match every time.
What are the age ranges of individuals on UVAC?
UVAC has individuals of all ages from 18 years of age and older, though most members are of traditional college student age.
How is UVAC funded?
UVAC is funded through Auxiliary Services, with much of its budget coming from billing for special event coverage and patient transports.
Does UVAC provide service every day?
Every day that school is in session, UVAC is providing service. The service does not normally run during semester breaks or major vacations.
Does UVAC transport sick and injured people?
Yes, UVAC transports individuals to St. Joseph Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Who do I call to get more information?
You can call (207) 581-4019 for the UVAC Student Chief of Service. You can also visit us at our First Class folder or email UVAC@umit.maine.edu.