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About Us


Our History and Our Passion

In 1960, the Massena Rescue Squad was established to meet the ever increasing demand for emergency rescue services.

The community was asked to help and the squad’s first home on Alcoa Bridge Road was founded in October 1961.

Over the next few years support for the Rescue Squad was phenomenal, and we continued to grow and grow with the purchase of our first fleet of emergency vehicles in 1976.

In April, 2006, after 45 years, we said goodbye to our old home on Alcoa Bridge Road and moved into a new state-of-the-art quarters at 341 E Orvis Street to begin a new chapter of services for the people of Massena and the surrounding communities.

The Massena Volunteer Emergency Unit (MVEU, dba Massena Rescue Squad) is owned by the Town of Massena and is manned primarily by Volunteers from 6 PM to 6 AM. The building is manned 24 hours a day with the help of E5 Support systems that man the building from 6 AM to 6 PM. The MVEU does on an average 1,800 calls a year, and the E5 staff and volunteers are very busy. E5 Support helps maintain the high standards in patient care we have been known for and makes sure that the MVEU meets the standards of NYS DOH, OSHA, and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The MVEU is managed by the elected board of Directors. The Board consists of a President (who is in charge of administrative and building functions), Secretary, Treasurer, Board chair, and two (2) vice chairs that help with all the administrative functions. The Chief who is in charge of all operational aspects of the MVEU has three (3) other Chiefs that assist him. The Board of Directors in turn is watched over by the Board Of Managers that in turn reports to the Town Board.


The MVEU is more than just an ambulance service. In addition to our various levels of medical expertise, our squad includes:

  • Ambulance Drivers
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
  • Advanced EMT – Intermediate
  • Advanced EMT – Critical Care
  • Advanced EMT – Paramedic
  • Motor Vehicle Extrication and Water/Ice Rescue Specialists

Training is provided to all members by the Squad.

The MVEU has been serving the people of Massena and the surrounding communities for almost six decades. We continue to grow and provide our community with the best EMS service in the North Country.

We use the very latest in equipment and technology, but the most important part of our organization is our members. Without the dedication and the heart unselfishly given by these men and women, the Rescue Squad would not exist. They do not do it for the pay, or even a “Thank you.” they do it for the deep satisfaction they get from helping someone in need.