We are the EMT and first responder squad on campus. We serve the Mount Holyoke community and are on call during the academic semester from 6:00pm until midnight Sunday-Thursday, and 7:00pm until 3:00am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Shifts are volunteer-based but there are opportunities throughout the semester to work paid shifts (e.g. horse shows, club sports, and reunions). Additionally, if you are an EMT there may be job opportunities to work at the Athletic Trainer’s Office as a student athletic training aide, a position that hires three students each semester.
Every academic year, MERT facilitates an EMT class taught by an instructor contracted through MERT for those looking to get EMT certified. The class covers how to provide basic life support (BLS) services following national and Massachusetts standards. After successful completion of the course, there is the opportunity to take practical and a written examinations. After passing these exams, applicants will earn national EMT certification and can then apply for Massachusetts state reciprocity. Mount Holyoke students who successfully complete the course are encouraged to join MERT.
We also work closely with the South Hadley District II fire department, which is only a short walk from Mount Holyoke’s campus. We hold weekly meetings at their firehouse, where we are able to gain valuable advice about specific scenarios. MERT members also have the opportunity to attend continuing education classes hosted by District II and there is an opportunity to volunteer with District II to gain experience with 911 ambulance calls in the South Hadley community, whether you are an EMT or a first responde