For all emergencies, 24h/24:
From an EPFL landline: 115
From a personal mobile phone: 021 693 30 00
From the EPFL Campus app: SOS



The campus can count on a rescue and assistance organization structured around an emergency response unit that is available 24/7 and can be reinforced by the Schools’ volunteer rescuers and firefighters (SDIS – EPFL).

For assistance to a person, urgent or not, during a fire/gas alarm or flooding, it is vital to contact the Alarm and Engagement Center (CAE) via EPFL’s emergency numbers in order to trigger the emergency unit’s response. Thanks to their knowledge of the site and their presence on campus, they are the first safety and health responders to reach the site of the incident. They are specialized in firefighting and first aid, as well as trained to respond in chemical, biological and nuclear environments. Their intervention is free.

In 2021, the emergency unit conducted 923 interventions for alarms of all kinds. 458 interventions were linked to the area of infrastructure safety and 465 interventions to assisting people. 82 interventions were reported outside the EPFL site (STCC, Quartier Nord, Innovation Park and UNIL).

In case of emergency

Fire – explosion

The fire brigade must be called immediately. If a fire pushbutton is nearby, press it. If not, immediately dial EPFL’s emergency numbers.

Health emergencies

Do not hesitate to contact our responders for any assistance. It is important not to move and to wait for the arrival of the emergency response unit.

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Firefighting and rescue service (SDIS)

EPFL has its own firefighting and rescue service that comprises a general staff and a voluntary brigade of firefighters, some of whom are trained in the wearing of respiratory protective equipment. Firefighters are EPFL employees or staff members who already belong to a brigade or who have followed the basic two-day training provided by ECA.

First aiders

EPFL first aiders are mainly active during the various events that take place at EPFL or the STCC, and can also be called upon to assist the emergency response unit.