Illinois Fire Service Institute


Contact Info

Illini Union, 115A
1401 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-9492

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 6 PM

About Us

History and Overview

Illini Emergency Medical Services is a BLS, non-transport service located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IEMS was founded in 1979 by student EMTs who decided that the two first-aid rooms at Memorial Stadium did not allow for adequate medical coverage of a typical stadium event. Our primary responsibility is to provide EMS support to sporting events on campus, such as football (stadium capacity ~60,000). We also provide EMS teams to the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, the campus commencement ceremonies, and special events such as concerts and conferences.

IEMS is funded through donations for working events and from our CPR, EMT-Basic, and EMR classes. IEMS also receives some equipment, such as AEDs, from the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

At present, IEMS has over 300 members trained in CPR, First Aid, EMR, or EMT-B. Several members are EMT-I or EMT-P, but our organization is only permitted to work up to the EMT-B level by our Medical Director. IEMS runs approximately 100 calls per year. Response time for calls depends upon the event being worked, but is always under five minutes.

Goals of IEMS

Our purpose as a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program is to administer prompt, efficient, effective, and responsible pre-hospital basic life support care to the public. This specifically includes Illinois students, faculty, staff, and their guests at Illinois events where IEMS is officially represented. We also act to promote and to create educational programs to familiarize members and the community with pre-hospital medical care. These programs include, but are not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid (FA), CPR instructor (CPR-I), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), emergency medical technician-basic (EMT-B), and continuing education (CE) courses. We also encourage the maintenance and advancement of the skills and abilities of all IEMS members.


IEMS is divided into four departments: Operations, Education, Finance and Public Relations. Each department has one director and multiple assistants. The president oversees the entire organization.

Our office is open weekdays from 10 AM-6 PM when University of Illinois classes are in session during fall and spring semesters. Our office is closed on weekends, holidays and during the summer months. Our office is located on the first floor of the Union, office 115A. To find our office, enter the north side of the Union (circle drive side), turn left down the hallway, and turn left at the open door by our sign.

11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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Phone: (217) 333-3800
            (800) 437-5819
Fax: (217) 244-6790
Phone: (217) 333-8925
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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