UVAC Receives Campus Safety Recognition at National Conference

The University of Maine’s University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) recently was named a HEARTSafe CAMPUS at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation’s (NCEMSF) 21st annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The NCEMSF encourages and promotes community awareness of the potential for saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims through the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and increased public access to defibrillation.

In 2013, NCEMSF, with support from HEARTSafe Communities, the American Heart Association, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and industry partners, developed an initiative to designate college communities as HEARTSafe Campuses based on quality campus-based EMS organizations.

The HEARTSafe Campuses act as examples to other campuses as a means to improve overall cardiac arrest care, according to the organization.

UVAC was recognized with EMS organizations from seven other institutions including Georgetown University, Fordham University, Tufts University and Virginia Tech.

More about the recognition is online.