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Redbird EMS

Redbird Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is a State of Illinois licensed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Non-Transport service that operates within the McLean County Area EMS system. All Redbird EMS staff are Illinois State University employees. Redbird EMS operates at scheduled special events and staffs at least one (1) licensed EMT-B per event where EMS services are required. The program has four equipped medical offices: Hancock Stadium, Redbird Arena, Horton Field House and Bone Student Center. In addition, Redbird EMS maintains two mobile BLS kits for use at various University venues. Redbird EMS employees are a mix of EMTs who work elsewhere in the McLean County area and ISU students who are EMTs in their hometown.

Typical Special Events staffed by Redbird EMS include:

  • ISU Men's and Women's Basketball Games
  • ISU & U-High Football Games
  • ISU Gymnastics
  • ISU Club Sports
  • Concerts
  • Commencement
  • Large events in Bone Student Center/Braden Auditorium & on the ISU Quad


Employment Redbird EMS strives to maintain a staffing level of 15-20 active EMTs on the roster. Periodically throughout the year, we will post two openings on the ISU Jobs Website (when these links are active, we are accepting applications). Anyone wishing to be employed by Illinois State University in the Redbird EMS program must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be a currently licensed EMT-B, EMT-I or EMT-P, in good standing, in the State of Illinois
  • Be tested and cleared to practice within the McLean County Area EMS System
  • Be eligible and qualified for employment by Illinois State University in a Civil Service, Extra Help position
  • Be physically able to access, treat and move patients in Illinois State University facilities, including venues with numerous stairs, steep inclines and uneven terrain
  • Be placed on conditional employment pending hands-on successful evaluation by a Redbird EMS proctor
  • Be able to provide your own transportation to and from Redbird EMS venues
  • Successfully complete an annual State of Illinois Ethics Course

Contact Us If you have any questions about Redbird EMS, contact Adam Streenz, at 309-438-5162 or