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CUEMS in the News

Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Jessica Gresko / Columbia Spectator

CAVA EMTs Now Allowed to Carry Two Emergency Medications

Columbia University Emergency Medical Service, or CAVA, has started carrying two medications used for emergency asthma and allergy relief in its ambulance.

They are able to do so because the Regional Emergency Medical Council for New York amended its policy this year to allow EMTs such as CAVA personnel to carry and dispense the drugs. In the past only New York City paramedics were equipped with these drugs.

Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Felice Bajoras, Elizabeth Quinn / Columbia Daily Spectator

For Dedicated CAVA Volunteers, Every Night Poses New Challenges

Flashing blue lights mean that CAVA is on the scene, its student volunteers responding to the needs of other students and ensuring the safety of the community.

Thursday, April 14, 1994
Moshe Sambol / Columbia Spectator

To the rescue

Members of the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance (CAVA) corps came to the rescue of this man who was hit by a truck just outside of the University Food Market.

Friday, March 4, 1994
Moshe Sambol / Columbia Spectator

Back in business

A member of the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance (CAVA) teaches new recruits how to use the group's newly acquired ambulance and emergency response equipment.

Thursday, February 24, 1994
Columbia Spectator

Thanks to CAVA

Editor: I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the members of the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance (CAVA) service and the Security Office who responded so quickly and professionally to a medical emergency at the American Language Program in Lewisohn Hall on Thursday morning, Feb. 17th.

Wednesday, February 2, 1994
Ariana E. Cha / Columbia Spectator


Members of the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance (CAVA) team gathered around a student who fell on the ice on the steps in front of Low Library at around 11:00 p.m. yesterday. CAVA staff members remained on the scene for about twenty minutes.

Wednesday, October 14, 1992
Shai Oster / Columbia Spectator

CAVA: Beepers, blue windbreakers, and beyond

Oliver Garcia, CC '92, records vital information for CAVA.

Saturday, April 1, 1989
Advertisement / Columbia Spectator
Monday, February 18, 1985
Mike McGovern / Columbia Spectator

Student ambulance fleet doubles in size

Columbia Ambulance Volunteer Association (CAVA) will put a new ambulance into service today, according to Erik Gaull, College senior and president of CAVA. The new ambulance will "greatly improve the efficiency and emergency capabilities of CAVA," Gaull said. The $28,000 ambulance was paid for out of university funds, Gaull said. The ambulance would normally cost $48,000, but CAVA "knew the right people," Gaull said.

Friday, November 18, 1983
Shelly Branch / Columbia Spectator

CAVA volunteers seek more than med-school

Members of the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance say they joined the corps for humanitarian reasons, not because they , want a resume boost for their medical school applications. Of the 20 students working for CAVA, only half identify themselves as pre-meds; others say they are considering medical school. CAVA co-founder Erik Gaull, a College junior, says he is not a pre-med. Gaull and Bruce Topper, who graduated in 1982 developed the idea in December, 1980 "on the basis of need" with the help of university Security and Health Services.