1835 Sheridan Dr.
Ph: (716) 876-5300
Fx: (716) 879-6644
The Town of Tonawanda's Emergency Medical Unit is a public service organization within the Town of Tonawanda Police Department
. It is the critical link in our community's emergency medical service (EMS) system, providing high-quality and advanced patient care.
Formation of the Paramedic Unit
The Town Paramedic Unit was conceived and developed by James V. Ryan, town supervisor, and Dr. Joseph Takats III in 1974. A rigorous paramedic training program was set up by Dr. Takats III, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, the University of Buffalo Medical School and many other area hospitals.
In June of 1975, 14 paramedics, consisting of nine original and five alternates, graduated from that program and began to gear up for commencement of service in August. On August 11, 1975, at 12:01 am, the town paramedics began providing basic and advanced life support for the residents of the Town of Tonawanda. 1,705 requests for first aid were received in the first year of service.
During 2011, our emergency medical services unit responded to 6,979 calls for service, averaging one call every 75 minutes.