Tufts Threat Assessment and Management (TTAM)
TTAM was approved in October of 2013 by President Monaco as a university-wide initiative designed to prevent targeted campus violence. The mission of TTAM is to determine if an individual poses or may reasonably pose a threat of violence to others in the Tufts community, and to provide assistance to the individual in order to avert the threat and maintain the safety of the community. TTAM responds to reports of threatening behavior exhibited by students, employees, and visitors of the university to ensure that Tufts remains a safe place in which to learn, work, and live.
The Fire Safety Office contributes to the goal of “safeguarding your mission” in support of the Tufts community and the university mission. The responsibilities of the Fire Safety Office include fire and building code enforcement and related support services, investigation of fires and related hazards, and the supervision of fire and life safety systems for all of the university’s academic, administrative, and residential buildings on all campuses.
The Fire Safety Office staff presents fire-safety awareness and educational programs, performs periodic building inspections, and conducts semi-annual fire drills in residential buildings. The Fire Safety Office delivers its mission primarily via the “Three E’s of Fire Safety:” Education, Engineering, and Enforcement of fire-safety-related services and policies.
The fundamental goal of the Emergency Management program is to minimize the effects of disasters and help the university to remain focused on its chief missions: teaching, research, patient care, and public service. This is achieved in five recognized phases:
- Prevention by avoiding an incident or intervening to stop an incident from occurring;
- Preparedness through planning, training, and community awareness;
- Response when disasters strike, coordinating university resources with local, state, and federal resources to save lives, protect property, and protect the environment;
- Recovery, maintaining critical functions and resuming core mission as quickly as possible after a disruption;
- Mitigation, taking steps to reduce risks or lessen the effect of disasters when they do occur.
Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS)
Since 1985, Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) has provided prompt, quality medical aid to the Tufts Community. TEMS is in service during the school year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students who are Massachusetts-certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) volunteer their time to care for the sick and injured with competence and compassion.
Each year TEMS EMTs respond to more than 400 requests for aid. The call volume ranges from non-emergency calls to life-threatening emergencies. During automobile accidents, heart attacks, asthma attacks, or other life-threatening emergencies, their rapid response often helps make the difference between life and death. All of the EMTs are trained to the highest standards, with continuing education sessions held throughout the school year to expand and hone the skills of members.
Tufts EMS is an entirely student-run organization. An elected board of eight directors manages its operations, finance, training, education, quality assurance, technical supplies, and community relations. It is funded by and operates under the authority of the TUDPS. TEMS works with and enjoys the support of Tufts University Police Department, Tufts University Health Service, the Dean of Students Office, and the entire student body.