UPennAlert

Attempted robbery with weapon | 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue.

Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

The suspects were described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

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UPDATE: All clear in the area of 4000 block Baltimore Ave. You may resume normal activity in the area. Penn Police and security are patrolling the area.

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UPennAlert:  Attempted robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Baltimore Ave.

Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

Last seen heading eastbound on Baltimore Avenue toward 39th Street.

Police responding, use caution, avoid the area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge.

Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.

UPennAlert Registration: Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register.

Penn Guardian: Visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian/ for information on the PennGuardian system.

Contact Information: Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)

Special Services: 215/898-6600

Escort Services: Walking 215/898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service 215/898-RIDE (7433)

General Information: 215/898-7297

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking Escort and Riding services available to you free of charge. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to update your cellphone information for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian App which can help Police better find your location when you call in an emergency.

Emergencies 215-573-3333 / 511 (campus phone)
General Information 215-898-7297
Special Services 215-898-4481 (215-898-6600 off-hours)
HELP Line 215-898-HELP (4357)
DPS Headquarters 4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Walking Escort 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride 215-898-RIDE (7433)
11/02/2021

MERT’s Annual MCI Drill

Group photo showing all of the participants in the MERT MCI Drill on October 24, 2021.

Penn’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) conducted their 13th annual Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Drill on October 24th, 2021. The drill scenario they practiced was for response to an explosion and chemical leak.  42 MERT members and 44 patient volunteers participated in the drill along with members of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Penn’s Division of Public Safety.

The goal of the MCI is to assess MERT’s emergency preparedness, and allow the MERT crew to practice quickly responding to a large-scale mass casualty incident in an organized manner. This drill helps to train future leaders of MERT in skills necessary for the growth of their organization. These types of exercises promote teamwork, and teach stress management and establishing a chain of command. The annual drill also provides an opportunity for MERT to engage the Penn and Philadelphia communities.

What is MERT?

The University of Pennsylvania Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) is a student-run service organization providing emergency medical services to the University community. The primary purpose of the organization is to complement the emergency medical care provided by the University of Pennsylvania Police Department (UPPD) and the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) by providing professional, timely, and high-quality pre-hospital treatment. The secondary purpose of the organization is to provide training and education to both students and the community.  MERT is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year!

The MERT organization currently has 67 active members, all licensed emergency medical technicians (EMTs) with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  They are in service from 5pm – 7am on weekdays and 24hr/day on the weekends.  Their response zone is 30th-43rd St. from Market to Baltimore,  providing confidential care for any medical emergency.

Call the PennComm emergency communications center at (215) 573-3333 for MERT.  Calling this number is the fastest way to receive medical care when on campus; with an average response time of under 5 minutes.  When you call this number, both MERT and the Philadelphia Fire Department are dual-dispatched.