Mission and History
University of Richmond Emergency Medical Service (UREMS) provides professional, proficient, and effective first response care to the entire University of Richmond Community. UREMS responds to all 911 calls for medical assistance and evaluation 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. The organization also provides monthly EMT training to its members and offers the entire university community training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED), and alcohol awareness. UREMS works together with emergency services from Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad, Henrico Fire, and Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad, and is a valuable resource to the Richmond campus.
In 1998, a group of students founded the Spider Advanced Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, SAVERS, the university’s first emergency medical services organization.
In 2009, SAVERS became a subsidiary of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), and subsequently changed its name to be the University of Richmond Emergency Medical Services. With support from RAA, URPD, and SAVERS alumni, UREMS acquired its first-ever emergency response vehicle in 2013.
One of the SAVERS founders, Dr. Patrick Oliver, is an active supporter of UREMS. Oliver, whose insight helps guide the everyday governing and operations of UREMS, is an emergency room physician at VCU & Southside Regional Medical Centers in Virginia.