The University of Toronto Emergency First Responders was established in 2006 as the UofT Engineering First Responders by two third year engineering students, Norman Goh and Jessie Lee. Both were members of Skule Patrol, the first response team for engineers during F!rosh Week.
Having treated fellow students both during F!rosh Week and during other events throughout the year, these students saw the need for a first response team that would provide pre-hospital care for students not only during F!rosh Week but throughout the rest of the year as well. At the time, this need was not fulfilled by any group on the campus. Thus, UTEFR was born.
Originally only a small group of Standard First Aid and CPR-C certified engineering students, the team has grown into a much larger team including Emergency First Responders and Emergency Medical Responders and members from all disciplines. In 2011, the team was officially renamed the University of Toronto Emergency First Responders to better represent the diversity of its members as well as well its representation of the campus as a whole.
Our logo’s core contains serpent entwined on a staff (Rod of Asclepius) in front of a gear, which is modelled after the Star of Life. The 8 cogs of the gear commemorates the Core-8 Engineering disciplines, paying homage to the Engineering roots of the team. These disciplines are Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mineral Engineering.
However each branch also stands for a core value of the team: Care, Compassion, Empathy, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Trust.
In April 2017 we debuted our modernized our logo, designed by UTEFR Communications Director Henry Che. The shield symbolizes our unwavering commitment to upholding UTEFR’s values and service to the University of Toronto community.