The Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corporation (SAVAC) this year marks its 50th anniversary of helping the campus community, after starting as one of the first student-run ambulance companies in the country.

George Frontino, current chief of operations, has been a member of the club for three years, and it is something he is very passionate about. Like many other students, Frontino was able to become EMT-certified through SAVAC. Every semester the club provides a unique experience in sponsoring eight or nine students to go through EMT certification.

Frontino said that training is a key part of sustaining the organization. “We get people that join SAVAC that have no experience in the medical field,” Frontino said. Members range from those with no experience driving an ambulance or working in a medical capacity all the way up to those who already have their EMT cards.

While SAVAC is not currently taking calls due to the pandemic, they look forward to when they can fully serve the campus community. Before the club is able to help the campus, they first have to ensure the safety of their members. This was a tough decision that the club had to make, but once SAVAC is fully stocked with PPE and medical supplies, they will fully resume operations, which Frontino hopes is relatively soon.

The club is more than just a volunteer ambulance corporation: It’s where friendships grow and members make connections.

The club members are very close, and there is a sense of community among its members. “It really is a family,” Frontino said. “The best part of it is the community and the friendships you build. They are lifelong friends. I'm always going to remember the people that I met through SAVAC.”

If you are interested in joining, email The club encourages membership and will answer any questions students may have.

“We want everyone to join,” Frontino said. “The more people that we have, the better because honestly it makes the campus safer. You can take the skills you learn through SAVAC and bring them home.” 

-- Story and photo by Morgan Tait of the Class of 2021