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Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (CU EMS) is a student-operated, New York State-certified, Basic Life Support volunteer ambulance corps.

We provide prehospital emergency medical care, free of charge, to Columbia University's Morningside Heights Campus, and the surrounding area, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Originally known as CAVA (Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance), we have been serving the Columbia Community since 1968. The corps currently hs approximately 45 active members and responds to over 800 emergency calls per year. Whether you are a Columbia affiliate or merely an interested web surfer, we hope you find this website informative and useful.


Aug. 10, 2014

We will be releasing information about the fall class during the next week. Please check back regularly for updates.

Dates for membership information sessions will be announced at the start of the semester.

CU-EMS does not offer CPR and first-aid certification courses. Another student group, CU-CPR, does and you can contact them at to for more information about upcoming classes.

You can now donate to our organization here!

We thank you for your continued support for CUEMS and the Columbia community!

The following is a link to the application for probationary membership: probationary membership application

The following is a link to the application for sponsorship in our EMT course: sponsorship application


Please email Raymond Cai at with any questions.