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Campus Response Team
Established in 1998, the Campus Response Team (CRT) is a student-run service that provides support to the UWaterloo campus. By offering their services to all major events and activities taking place on campus, CRT plays a crucial role in the safety of students. Through rigorous training of its members, CRT is equipped to provide assistance in emergency situations requiring First Aid and CPR. In cases of more serious emergencies that may occur during an event, CRT responders are trained to take charge of a scene and provide the initial response prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Are you an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo? Do you have a valid First Aid and CPR certification? Are you able to commit to two terms? Apply to join the Campus Response Team today!
You must fulfill the following prerequisites in order to be eligible to apply to CRT:
- Must be an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo.
- Must have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification or higher (CPR BLS is recommended) from a recognized Canadian agency approved by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. Please refer to the Providers approved to deliver Emergency and Standard First Aid External Link on the WSIB website.
- Must be able to commit to a minimum of two terms with CRT.
You may apply to CRT through the LEADS External Link system. As it stands, we only accept digital applications through LEADS External Link. However, you're more than welcome to come and speak to us in SLC 3103 for guidance on the application process.
For more information about joining CRT and time commitment, please review the CRT recruitment details below or email our Directors of Administration at email@example.com.
CRT’s official standard of care is Standard First Aid and BLS. All applicants to CRT must hold a valid certification of at least Standard First Aid (SFA), certified and issued by a recognized agency according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). SFA certifications issued by these agencies are typically valid for three years but may vary depending on the agency. All successful applicants will be required to complete a First Responder course during their second term on the team.
This course provides training on all aspects of first aid and CPR, including spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical/legal aspects.
Additionally, all applicants to CRT must be current undergraduate students at the time of application. Unfortunately, graduate and/or postgraduate students are not eligible to apply.
Upcoming course offerings in Kitchener/Waterloo:
St. John Ambulance:
University of Waterloo Athletics:
Visit the University of Waterloo Athletics website and search for First Aid Courses.
Typically, CRT members are required to take about 20 hours of shifts during the term, in addition to doing 2 hours of Advocacy and Promotions (AnP) work. Responders must also attend mandatory training sessions throughout the term (see below)
The Campus Response Team operates at a Standard First Aid and BLS level of care. Many members, however, are trained at the First Responder (FR) or Medical First Responder (MFR) level. In addition to their certification, all active members of CRT undergo the following mandatory training every term:
Throughout the term CRT holds 3 mandatory members meetings for the Directors of Training to review key skills. Additionally, relevant CRT business is discussed and members participate in team building activities. Each session typically lasts between 3-5 hours.
Casualty Simulation (CasSim): Every term, CRT will take volunteers from the community and host a large scale, in-house, first-aid competition called CasSim. This competition simulates a variety of challenging emergencies with CRT members responding and being evaluated by their peers. Many of CRT's past CasSim events have been featured in local media such as The Record, Imprint and CTV.
CRT Coverage Request
If you would like UWCRT attend your event, please fully complete and submit the CRT Coverage Request Form. Note that we require minimum 14 days in order to process your request and arrange for trained first aid responders to be present at your event.
- To inform students on how to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service.
- To increase student safety at events and across campus by providing trained volunteers to provide first aid, CPR, and the necessary medical supplies.
- To build awareness of health and safety issues across campus.
In 1998, the Campus Response Team began its journey as an on-campus first aid team. CRT was quickly adopted thereafter as a service by the Federation of Students. With an advisory board consisting of representatives from Health Services, the Federation of Students, the Student Life Centre, the Safety office, and uWaterloo Police, the team has quickly grown to be fully integrated as a vital component of the uWaterloo community.
CRT is part of a national umbrella organization: The Association of Campus Emergency Response Teams of Canada (ACERT). In the past, CRT has both attended and hosted a variety of first aid competitions and extra training, including hosting a national first aid conference alongside Laurier’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) titled “NCCER: National Conference of Campus Emergency Responders”. CRT has also hosted a joint training simulation with Waterloo EMS, which has received attention in The Record, CTV, and other media.
CRT has recently undergone rebranding with its new motto: "Service, Excellence, Professionalism." As part of the re-branding, the logo was changed to the current Star of Life, including the motto. Our red uniforms have been replaced with navy blue for improved recognition and overall appearance. To increase visibility and member safety during outdoor and night events, CRT has also implemented reflective tactical vests. With these new changes, CRT is excited to serve the student community at the University of Waterloo.