MERT is on shift Monday through Friday from 5:00pm-7:00am and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. We 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.
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.
MERT offers CPR, first aid, and Stop the Bleed training for laypeople and healthcare providers. Each CPR class lasts about 3 hours. In CPR classes, you will learn about compressions, rescue breathing, defibrillation, and treating choking victims. MERT CPR classes are led by AHA-certified instructors who are passionate about both teaching and helping people. Stop the Bleed training involves proper tourniquet use and management of various types of traumatic injury. The MERT instructors can promise you an enjoyable, informative class. MERT arranges certification courses for individuals as well as for groups.
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. If you would like to schedule MERT to cover your athletic event or another type of event, please visit the use our contact form here.
MERT organizes and attends a variety of community events geared toward education and safety. Every year we have our First Aid Festival where we partner with other organizations on campus to inform students and other residents of campus health services. In the past we have also given presentations at local schools and worked with youth organizations like the Girl Scouts. If you would like to work with MERT for an event please use our contact form here.