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About Us


Our History and Our Passion

In the 1960’s, the Massena Volunteer Emergency Unit Inc. (MVEU) was established after the loss of 2 (two) young community members. The community was asked to help and the Squad’s first ambulance station on Alcoa Bridge Road was built with donations and hard work from volunteers. 

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

In April, 2006, after 45 years, MVEU moved into a new building at 341 E Orvis Street to begin a new chapter of services for the communities served.

MVEU, operating as Massena Rescue Squad is a mix-modelled, multi-disciplinary 911 emergency service, proving emergency ambulance services, rescue dive services, motor vehicle extrication and technical rescue services. Our staffing consists of career emergency medical services staff and volunteer emergency medical services staff that complement our service basis and provide primary response to emergency calls.

Massena Rescue is managed by a Board of Directors, overseeing administration of the organization and Chief’s, overseeing emergency services operations. Our Chief’s consists of; 1 Chief and 3 Assistant Chief’s that oversee and manage day-to-day operations, provide supervisory support on ambulance and rescue calls, incident command for major incident response and overall management of the organization operational levels. 

Massena Rescue provides the following services:

  • Ambulance Services
  • Rescue Dive & Underwater Search & Rescue, Recovery
  • Ice Rescue 
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Low & High Angle Rescue
  • Motor Vehicle Extrication

Massena Rescue personnel receive in-house and state based training where applicable. 

Massena Rescue operates a fleet of multiple emergency vehicles including:

  • 4 Ambulances
  • 1 Heavy-Duty Pick-Up Truck
  • 1 Rescue Dive Trailer 
  • 2 Rescue Boats
  • 1 Heavy Rescue Truck