Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Tufts Emergency Medical Services, 1985
Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) is a volunteer, student-run, quick-response basic life support service on the Medford campus. Founded in 1985 by David Levitt, A1985, a Tufts senior, TEMS works with the Office of Public Safety to provide round the clock emergency medical coverage to the Medford campus.
TEMS grew out of the work of David Levitt, who worked with friends beginning in fall 1984 to establish the service on the Medford campus. The group received recognition and funding from the Tufts Community Union Senate in 1985, but struggled for a number of years to acquire adequate equipment on a limited budget. At first, volunteers responded to calls on foot with only basic first aid supplies and only during limited hours. In 1987 TEMS acquired its first vehicle making response times dramatically lower, and in 1991 it was outfitted with a fully-equipped basic life support vehicle, along with two-way radios and sirens.
As of 2000, TEMS marshalls the resources of approximately thirty student volunteers to provide emergency response services to the Medford campus twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.