Frequently Asked Question


Q: How do I call EST?
A: Dial 5-5555 from any campus phone ("Fistful of Fives"), or dial (314) 935-5555 from your cell phone. If ambulances need to be dispatched, they will be dispatched from this number as well.


Q: How much are EST techs paid?
A: EST is an unpaid volunteer organization.


Q: Do you guys know what you're doing?
A: Yes. All members of EST are certified in CPR, and all members are certified or in the progress of becoming certified basic life support emergency medical technicians (EMT-B). At least two of the three techs are Senior techs, who in addition to the training required for an EMT-B license receive months of internal training that hones their abilities to provide a high level of care to the Danforth campus patient population. As a result, our duty crews are adept in providing first responder care to any medical emergency, e.g. cardiac, respiratory, intoxication, drug abuse, orthopedic, diabetic, severe bleeding, head injury, and any major trauma.

Q: If I'm drunk or high and call EST, will my parents find out? Will I get in trouble? 
A: Click here for information regarding EST and confidentiality. 


Q: When can I call EST and how long does it take for EST to arrive when I call?
A: EST operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our typical response time is 3-5 minutes. We operate for the Fall and Spring semesters.


Q: How do I apply to become a member of EST?
A: Click here

Q: Why does a University Police Officer often show up at an EST call?
A: The University Police usually sends an officer for scene safety and for possible transportation to the hospital or Student Health Services. Click here for information regarding EST and confidentiality.

Q: What if I end up going to the hospital? How do I get back to WU?
A: If the campus police end up transporting you to the hospital, you can call them 24 hours a day at 935-5555 and they will come pick you up.

If you have any other questions about our operations, you can email the appropriate person from our contact us page.