Environmental Health & Safety


Amherst College Emergency Medical Service

Emergency - Call Amherst College Police 

(413) 542-2111 

(Ambulance, Fire, Haz-Mat, Police)






The Amherst College Emergency Medical Service (ACEMS) is a student-run, student-staffed, volunteer organization that operates 24 hrs/day while classes are in session. It provides Basic Life Support Quick Response (BLS/QRS) to medical emergencies on the Amherst Campus. Using the college dispatch system which can be reached at any hour by dialing x2111 on campus, three trained medical personnel (always at least one Massachusetts-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and usually one or two certified First Responders (FR) are dispatched for all medical emergencies.

If the call is thought to be of a potentially life-threatening nature or at the request of the patient, the Amherst Fire Department (AFD) Ambulance is dispatched along with ACEMS responders.

ACEMS provides transport for patients with non-life threatening conditions (during the day this will be to AHS; when AHS is closed, transport will be provided only to UHS; when both AHS and UHS are closed transport will  be provided only by AFD). For patients who require close medical supervision during transport or at the request of the patient, ACEMS will call AFD for transport to Cooley Dickinson Hospital or other hospitals as needed. For more information contact acems[at]amherst[dot]edu.

Our Board of Directors and ACEMS personnel work closely with the Amherst College Health Services (AHS), University of Massachusetts Health Service (University Health Services or UHS), and the Amherst College Police Department (ACPD). An ACPD officer usually responds to calls along with ACEMS in order to protect the safety of our personnel, our patients, and any bystanders. However, we are not affiliated with ACPD. We are strictly an emergency medical response service

Click here to be directed to the ACEMS web page.