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Commentary

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 9:28 a.m.

Staff editorial: GW should provide more for EMeRG

Given that EMeRG has had to temporarily cut back on weeknight operations, The Hatchet’s editorial board calls on the University to provide more support for the valuable service.

Emergency medical technicians for GW’s EMeRG program are dedicated and valuable members of the community, yet the resources provided for them by the University do not match their worth. While these students volunteer their time to help fellow Colonials on weekends, it is extremely disconcerting that EMeRG has had to temporarily suspend weeknight operations. The safety of GW students greatly relies on the EMeRG program, and this recent development is an indicator of the program’s need for support from the University.

A number of EMeRG members graduated in May, and while new members are still going through the training process, the program was forced to cut back on weeknight coverage. Though this short-staffing is temporary and EMeRG Coordinator David Fifer told The Hatchet “membership is consistent with the last few years,” the fact that EMeRG will not be on hand for even a few weeknights is troubling. EMeRG is a major factor in student safety across campus, regardless of whether it is a Saturday night during a long weekend or a Monday night during finals. Students do not solely use this resource for alcohol-related emergencies; they also look to it for health emergencies and for free transportation to the GW Hospital.