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All on-campus emergencies, including police, fire and medical, should be reported to the University Police at extention 66911 (see Contact Us for phone numbers from off-campus or cellular phones).

Upon receipt of a report of a medical emergency, a Tufts Police officer will be dispatched along with the appropriate EMS resource. See the individual campus listings for more information.

TEMS – Medford/Somerville Campus


Since 1985, Tufts Emergency Medical Services has provided prompt, quality medical aid to the Tufts Community.  TEMS is in service during the school year 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students who are Massachusetts-certified Emergency Medical Technicians volunteer their time to care for the sick and injured with competency and compassion.

Each year TEMS volunteers respond to more than 350 requests for aid. The call volume ranges from non-emergency calls to life-threatening emergencies. During automobile accidents, heart attacks, asthma attacks or other life-threatening emergencies the rapid response often helps make the difference between life and death. All of the EMTs are trained to the highest standards, with continuing education sessions held throughout the school year to expand and hone the skills of members.

TEMS is an entirely student-run organization. An elected board of directors manages TEMS. They are funded by and operate under the authority of the Tufts University Department of Public Safety. TEMS works with and enjoys the support of Tufts University Police Department, Tufts University Health Services, the Dean of Students Office and the entire student body.

A specially equipped Ford Explorer was put into service in February 2003, replacing the previous response vehicle. All equipment that would be found on a normal Basic Life Support ambulance is carried in the TEMS truck. Enhanced basic life support equipment including a cardiac defibrillator is also carried. In the event that a patient needs to be transported to a hospital the services of a private ambulance company are called upon. If a patient’s condition is critical an Advanced Life Support unit from any of the nearby ambulance companies can be summoned.

Boston Campus

Boston EMS provides for the prehospital care needs on the Boston health sciences campus.

Grafton Campus

The Town of Grafton maintains a contract with a private ambulance service to provide EMS to the community, including Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.