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    Thank you for interest with the Emergency Response Team. This site should have information to help you start your own team or modify an existing team. Feel free to look at or utilize our paperwork for your own program. All forms are in PDF and Word so you can modify to fit with your department or university.

    All of the forms below are utilized at UW-La Crosse with the Recreational Sports Department with only minor changes to adapt to different facilities on campus.

    Please email Mo McAlpine with any feedback, questions, comments, or concerns as your input helps us continually improve our program.


    As a preparatory unit of Recreational Sports, the emergency response training program seeks to ensure the readiness of the department for any potential emergency through an educational component and a practical element through the emergency response team (ERT).  The educational program consists of:

    • online refreshers:  short quizzes about emergency action plans (EAP's), responses to emergencies, case studies, etc.
    • staff training:  comprehensive training that provides introductory information regarding emergency procedures related to medical, weather and potentially threatening/violent situations through presentations and practical experiences
    • videos:  demonstrations on how to care for injuries, responses to emergencies, and a video on how to perform a red shirt review
    • binders:  located in service areas and include EAP's and red shirt reviews; these forms are also posted on D2L
    The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a student team that evaluates emergency actions plans and strives for efficiency in upholding accident, incident and injury protocols.  Throughout the year, ERT conducts "red shirt reviews" to simulate medical emergencies in an effort to help team members become more comfortable when dealing with injuries and emergencies.

    Red shirt reviews are simulated emergencies intended to review staff on their skills, improve their comfort level, and prepare them for real life situations. Most situations have two levels, RED and GREEN, with red being more severe and green less severe. Certain scenarios are RED only due to university and departmental protocol (concussion, CPR & AED). 

    Program Overview Brief overview of the red shirt review program including equipment and evaluation tools.                       
    Front Desk Review During every review, the staff member(s) not directly responding to the injury complete a front desk review with an ERT member.    

    Reviews           Situation         
    CPR/AED Review PDF                  Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    Concussion Review PDF   Head Trauma
    Dislocation Red Review PDF   Dislocation (Shoulder)
    Dislocation Green Review PDF   Dislocation (Finger)
    Fainting Review PDF                       Fainting
    First Aid Red Review PDF                  Bleeding (laceration)    
              Bleeding (laceration)
    First Aid Green Review PDF
    Rolled Ankle Red Review PDF           Rolled Ankle
    Rolled Ankle Green Review PDF          Rolled Ankle                 


    Emergency action plans are set up to help student staff know what to do in the event of an emergency such as medical, weather, and campus threat. Each emergency is prepared in step by step instruction. The paragraph format is used for staff members to review the situation during free time and is located in the student handbook. The bullet format is to be used, if needed, during an emergency and is generally located near the phones, intercom systems, and in the intramural and sport clubs supervisor binders.

    Facility Action Plans Situational Action Plan
    Recreational Eagle Center Information Counter Active Shooter On Campus Under review
    Recreational Eagle Center Facility Announcements Active Shooter in the REC Under review
    North Campus (Outdoor Fields)
    Fire and Extreme Weather           
    Outdoor Sport Complex      


    Part of the educational component of the emergency response training program is the use of videos to demonstrate how to respond and care for injuries as well as how to perform a red shirt review.  One of the most powerful videos includes the experience of a sudden cardiac arrest in the Recreational Eagle Center in January, 2010.  Thank you Clare Malinowski for allowing us to share your story!


    The following paperwork is utilized in different ways throughout the department. Each form is unique to different situations. Your specific department will have to determine what forms need to be used and in what manner.

    Injury Report
    Used to report all injuries occurring with Rec Sports.  Completed forms are turned into the professional staff and reviewed by the ATC.  Major injuries require an immediate phone call to professional staff.  Excel  PDF
    Transportation Sheet Given to students upon leaving the facility unless transported by EMS; provides follow up care for worsening symptoms and transportation information.  Word  PDF
    Moulage Moulage gives a more realistic sense to a red shirt review. Word  PDF

    The UWL Recreational Sports Department was fortunate to present ERT information at the WIRSA state conference, Region III Lead-On, NIRSA national conference and the Athletic Business Conference in the past.  We were pleased to be joined by alumni staff members at both the Lead-On and NIRSA national conference. Below is a copy of the presentation and supplemental packet used at the national conference. The packet only contains a few examples for better visuals during the presentation.

    NIRSA National Conference

    PowerPoint Presentation       PowerPoint PDF
    "Make it Happen" Booklet Booklet  

    Athletic Business Conference

    PowerPoint Presentation      PowerPoint             PDF