Spotlight: Campus Response Team

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Vivien Pham
Communications Assistant
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:30

Name: Campus Response Team
Location: Student Life Centre 3103
Established: 1998

If you ever require first aid on our main campus, the Campus Response Team (CRT) is one of the main ways to go.

In 1997, CRT founders Christopher Mercer and Benjamin Thomson from St John Ambulance noticed there was a need for medical services, sufficient injury response times, and health and safety at the University of Waterloo. Thus, CRT was born.

Established in 1998, CRT is a student-run service under the Federation of Students (Feds) that provides first aid for events throughout campus. They are available to be called out to shift whenever you need them through the Feds event form!

CRT is a community of undergraduate students who share the same interest in providing first aid.

“It’s what brought me to Waterloo actually - when I saw CRT in a video introducing my program, I knew this was where I wanted to be,” said Christina Zanella, a second-year student Kinesiology student and co-coordinator of CRT. “It felt like home to me; everybody was very welcoming [when I joined].”

Fourth-year Math and Business student Patrick Nguyen joined CRT to give back, and found a community on campus beyond academics.

“It’s great to do something completely unrelated to your studies and get an opportunity to give back to the community,” Nguyen says. “You feel as sense of belonging [as] we spend a lot of time together.”

Including first aid shifts, office hours, and advocacy and promotion hours, the team of 33 responders racked up a total of 1,073 hours spent dedicated to CRT!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to ensure the safety of individuals, you are more than welcome to join their team by applying on Leads! CRT takes applications from any and all students. Your only requirement is to know standard first aid and they will train you for the rest. You can also look forward to their Casualty Simulation (CasSim) in the fall, where responders compete in a variety of first-aid scenarios and will require volunteers to help simulate casualties.

Feel free to come by and talk with them during their office hours! You can visit them in SLC 3103 and find their office hours on feds.ca.