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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 be 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/First Aid 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 Atlantic Partners EMS.

Does it cost anything to join UVAC? Are there dues?
No, there are no annual dues, or any initial startup costs except for the necessary uniform.

What is the commitment that you have to make to join?
To maintain an active status with the service, individuals have to run at least 24 hours per month and attend a minimum of one meeting/training per month. The number of shifts that members normally volunteer for is between 4 and 12 per month.

How do the shifts work?
UVAC runs on two 12 hour shifts (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. & 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) during the week and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends.

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.

How is UVAC funded?
UVAC is funded through Auxiliary Services, with much of its budget coming from bills paid by patients who are transported.

Does UVAC provide service everyday?
Every day that school is in session, UVAC is providing service. The service does not normally run during semester breaks or 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 207-581-4037 for the on-duty UVAC crew. You can also visit us at our Facebook page or email us.


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