Emergency Medical Aid Team

Help make the University community an even safer place.

The Emergency Medical Aid Team is a leadership program made up of trained UBC students dedicated to making the University community an even safer place.

All team members are certified in Standard First Aid + Health Care Provider by the Canadian Red Cross. Team members regularly practice their skills with ongoing, weekly training. EMAT team members enhance campus well-being by providing first aid coverage and emergency care at various events across the UBC-Vancouver community. In addition, EMAT holds outreach events and training sessions in order to educate the UBC community on health, safety, and emergency preparedness.

EMAT is one of the key components of the wellness outreach of UBC Student Wellbeing Promotion unit, and works closely in partnership with campus partners including UBC Recreation, Risk Management Services, and Residence Life. EMAT’s focus on injury prevention, emergency care and health education assists individuals in remaining fully functioning within the campus community. 

Mission for EMAT Responders

EMAT is a key component of the wellness outreach division of UBC Student Wellbeing Promotion. Using a peer-to-peer approach, the UBC Emergency Medical Aid Team contributes to campus safety and wellbeing by facilitating educational outreach that aims to prevent injuries and other emergency situations, and providing first aid services that avoid or minimize health consequences of injuries.

Primary functions

1. Deliver exceptional service to the campus community by attending events as a first aid responder and health educator:

As a student leader, responder and educator within EMAT, you should expect to:

  • Provide first aid coverage at campus events such as Day of the Long Boat, Storm the Wall, and student organized events
  • Act as a resource person and provide health-related educational outreach through campus partnerships (i.e. Residence Life- Growth and Success program) and at campus events
  • Respond to medical emergencies and provide care until the arrival of an ambulance or higher-trained individuals
  • Treat a variety of injuries and conditions, ranging from non-urgent incidents such as minor wounds to life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest within their scope of practice and training
  • Maintain an appropriate level of professionalism as a student leader while adhering to all EMAT policies and procedures as outlined in the EMAT Operations manual
  • Maintain individual competence within the scope of practice of all applicable certification(s) and/or license(s), and provide mentorship to other team members to excel at their appropriate standard of care
  • Work in partnership with key campus units, such as UBC Recreation, Student Health Service, Risk Management, Campus & Community Planning, and Residence Life, to ensure that EMAT’s mission continues to be met

2. Assist with the effective ongoing operations of EMAT:

This encompasses:

  • Participate as an active member in one of four teams (Operations and Promotions Team, First Aid Training Team, Education and Outreach Team, and Equipment Team) that make up EMAT. Team descriptions provided below.
  • Set goals and work collaboratively with other EMAT members to meet these goals, for the ongoing development and improvement of EMAT as a team
  • Meet with team members weekly or bi-weekly to plan and execute team functions 

3. Role model outstanding student leadership on campus by:

This encompasses:

  • Embrace the role as an ambassador for student leadership and as a representative of EMAT
  • Uphold UBC’s Respectful Environment Statement as a responsible member of the UBC community
  • Understand the role that EMAT plays within a larger scope of leadership on UBC’s Vancouver campus
  • Grow and develop as a leader by actively participating in opportunities for growth, such as through professional development workshops, and through sharing experiences with others
  • Have the opportunity to represent EMAT as a Peer Programs Ambassador, a role which allows students to connect with other leaders in other programs to create recognition and develop a sense of develop for all Peer Programs students
  • Other duties as assigned

The Emergency Medical Aid Team

Operations Team

  • Receive event requests from campus community partners as well as effectively recruit and staff events with appropriate EMAT members
  • Follow-up with campus community partners after event coverage to seek feedback to improve future operations and services that EMAT provides
  • Use various electronic tools to effectively track member details, including attendance, certification/license status, and team member service hour commitments
  • Promote EMAT and the services that EMAT provides at events and through community partners
  • Assist with membership recruitment for the following year

First Aid Training Team

  • Plan and deliver weekly first aid training sessions to all EMAT members, using a variety of teaching/learning strategies and methods
  • Integrate feedback from evaluations and debrief sessions of first aid event coverages into weekly trainings
  • Monitor the performance of all EMAT Team Members and recommend and implement strategies on both a program- and individual-level for continued development of skills

Education & Outreach Team

  • Develop and facilitate first aid, emergency preparedness, and health & safety outreach events for the wider campus community
  • Create promotional, educational, and outreach advertisements and resources to distribute at events
  • Help build awareness of EMAT throughout the campus population and through campus community partners
  • Build and maintain connections with campus community partners to find opportunities for EMAT events

Equipment Team

  • Maintain EMAT’s response kits to ensure Responders are properly equipped for service at events throughout the year
  • Keeping inventory to ensuring stock of emergency supplies is properly maintained and securely stored
  • Prepare and maintain paperwork (i.e. Patient Care Records Forms) before and after event coverage
  • Collect and reviewing first aid reports to ensure standards for treatment and reporting are being met by EMAT’s Responders
  • Create equipment orders within assigned budget
  • Provide or arrange for orientations to EMAT-specific equipment for responders throughout the year

Required training

EMAT members must maintain a minimum certification of Standard First Aid and Health Care Professional (SFA/HCP) at all times while participating in the program. Training will be provided for those who are invited to join EMAT but do not have this level of certification.

Members are required to participate in on-going weekly first aid training to develop and refine their first aid skills, as well as training to prepare them as responders and educators who are able to handle a variety of different emergency situations, which includes training on alcohol education, suicide prevention, and responding to disclosures of sexual assault.

Mandatory training dates for 2017-2018 is as follows:

Meet and Greet Meeting: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Spring Welcome Training: Saturday, April 1, 2017 – all day

Standard First Aid Training (2 days): Monday May 1st and Tuesday May 2nd or Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th.

  • Members without SFA/HCP will complete the course on these days
  • Returning members with current qualifications, or new members with existing qualifications, will participate in scenario and skills strengthening

Peer Program Training: Sunday, September 3, 2017 – all day

EMAT Orientation to Service: Saturday, September 9, 2017 – all day

Weekly Training:

  • Term 1: Every Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, beginning September 12 until November 28, 2017
  • Term 2: Every Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, beginning January 2 until April 3, 2018
Please note: Successful applicants will be asked to clear their schedule of classes or other commitments during the dates and times of the mandatory training in order to fulfill the requirements of this volunteer position. Should a member be unable to fulfill any aspects of the required training at any time of the year, they will be asked to withdraw from the program.

Time commitment

  • Preference will be given to those who are able to commit to two years to EMAT (March 2017 – March 2019+), reliant on continued personal growth and good performance (as per the position description).
  • Minimum service commitment is March 28, 2017 – April 30, 2018, with an opportunity to volunteer during the summer sessions before and after the 2017-2018 school year (depending on availability of the members)
  • A contribution of approximately 7 hours per week is expected from EMAT members as follows:
    • 120 minutes of mandatory training (Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm)
    • 1-2 hours of weekly team meeting and team-specific responsibilities
    • Up to 3 hours of providing event coverage as a first aid responder or educator  (Note: Events primarily occur late in the evenings on the weekend; availability for these times is required)

Desired qualifications

Candidates who demonstrate a willingness to learn about leadership and to contribute to the UBC community will be considered. Candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of their first aid background. The selection process for EMAT will balance the needs of the team and will take into account the diverse backgrounds of applicants.

  • Prior experience as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, relevant to the multitude of contexts within which EMAT works
  • Prior experience demonstrating commitment to a volunteer or paid position
  • Ability to work in a wide variety of situations as part of a team, in partners, and as individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and theory into practice
  • Prior first aid experience and certification is an asset, but is not required
  • Ability to work in high-stress situations, adapt to unexpected events, problem solve, manage priorities, and effectively handle conflicts
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties required of the position, including being able to carry a fully-stocked jump kit to respond to emergency calls, as well as stooping, kneeling, and sitting in various positions to provide first aid
  • Commitment to ethics, confidentiality, and privacy of individuals and of information, as well as ability to handle sensitive issues with tact and respect
  • Ability to balance and manage multiple priorities throughout the school year


  • Gain transferable skills including interpersonal and communication skills
  • Develop leadership skills and build confidence as a student leader
  • Develop and refine core first aid and emergency response skills
  • Develop skills in education and outreach on a variety of health- related topics
  • Engage with other student leaders who are also interested in promoting health and wellness
  • Gain job-related skills and experience needed for academic programs
  • Form new relationships on campus and be better connected to the UBC community
  • Receive ongoing support and guidance from professional UBC staff

A great opportunity to learn new skills in team management, event planning, professional cooperation, and many aspects of First Aid and Basic Life Support.

Thomas, former member

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