he Division of Operations is responsible for all field operations and anything related to the direct provision of medical services to the community. This includes all emergency responses, special events, training and special operations. The Division is headed by a Deputy Chief.
Emergency Response Operations
There are three different and distinct operational structures that exist for routine emergency response.
During the Academic Year (from one hour prior to the opening of URI residence halls during the Fall move-in to one hour after the closing of URI residence halls during Spring move-out, exclusive of Academic Breaks) routine operations are at their peak to accommodate the busiest parts of the year. During this time, we generally staff one Officer-in-Charge (Shift Supervisor), one Crew Technician (licensed RI EMT) and one Emergency Vehicle Operator. There can be up to two additional spots on the duty crew for First Responders or members in training.
During the day, shifts vary greatly, while night time shifts are more standardized (7p-7a). Duty Crews generally remain at Headquarters with the Rescue, ready to respond. During the Academic Year, training is also at its height, with the majority of EMT courses, trainings, drills and seminars scheduled during this time.
The summer session is divided up into three terms, aligned with the University’s summer session calendar, starting when the Academic Year ends and ending when the Academic Year begins. During this time, members are offered the option of remaining on campus with housing provided in exchange for taking a pre-determined weekly shift. During the summer, crew schedules are more standardized across the board with little variation except in the case of members not accepting on-campus housing.
The summer brings several events to campus, from small athletic camps to large multi-venue competitions and festivals, providing unique opportunities to learn fast-paced EMS skills. Through our partnerships with other state-wide response agencies, we also provide services for many large events throughout the region during the summer.
During the Academic Breaks (when residence halls close for Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays and Spring Break), we go into our least responsive mode. During these breaks, campus population drastically decreases. Nonetheless, emergencies still occur and we are prepared. At least one EMT and an available driver generally provide our minimum staffing during these times. During Academic Breaks, we also rely on current and former members that reside in the area to supplement our staff.