The University of Pennsylvania Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) is a student-run service organization providing emergency medical services to the University community. The primary purpose of the organization is to complement the emergency medical care provided by the University of Pennsylvania Police Department (UPPD) and the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) by providing professional, timely, and high-quality pre-hospital treatment. The secondary purpose of the organization is to provide training and education to the both students and the community.
MERT currently operates from 05:00PM – 07:00AM seven days a week during the academic year. In addition, MERT provides additional hours and coverage for Penn Recreation athletic games and major University events. The latter include New Student Orientation, Spring Fling, Hey Day, and Graduation. Each MERT crew consists of 2-3 members certified as Emergency Medical Technicians in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. MERT responds using specially equipped EMS bikes carrying all necessary medical equipment to handle a wide range of calls. The organization is also recognized as a Quick Response Service by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The typical response time of MERT to the patient location is less than 5 minutes.
For more information about MERT in general, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions.