HERO Mission Statement

The Hopkins Emergency Response Organization (HERO) is a collegiate Emergency Medical Service providing care to The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. HERO strives to make The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Campus a safer community by providing excellent quality of care and through continuous training and development.

About HERO

The Hopkins Emergency Response Organization (HERO) is a professional emergency medical services organization, located on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University. Situated in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland, the JHU Homewood campus is home to more than 5,000 students, faculty, and staff.

HERO operates the Hopkins Emergency Response Unit (HERU), a collegiate EMS service that responds to medical emergencies on the JHU Homewood campus and surrounding areas. HERO also provides CPR training to the Johns Hopkins Homewood and Medical Institute campuses.

HERU is a Basic Life Support rapid response service, and is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the fall and spring academic semesters. HERU runs on a modified scheduled during New Student Orientation and Intersession, and provides standby coverage at special JHU affiliated events. HERU operates under the operational direction of JHU Homewood Security, and the medical direction of the EMS medical director of Johns Hopkins Hospital Lifeline. We also work with the Baltimore City Fire Department, which provides advanced life support (ALS), emergency transport, and assistance in education and training exercises.

Staffed and run by students of the university, HERU is a member of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation. HERU operates on the EMT-B level, operating under Maryland State Emergency Medical Protocols, with approximately 60 active members.

In the case of a medical emergency, HERU can be reached by calling 410-516-7777 or 911 from any campus phone, or by contacting a JHU security personnel in close proximity.

HERU receives calls for a number of different medical emergencies throughout the year. Shown below is HERU's annual call distribution.