Michael Baumgartner

Paramedic Supervisor 

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(716) 879-6644
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Thomas Scime

Operations Manager
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map icon 1885 Sheridan Dr.
      Tonawanda, NY  14223 


The Town of Tonawanda’s Emergency Medical is a public service organization within the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. It is a critical link in our community’s emergency medical service(EMS) system, providing high quality and advanced prehospital medical care. While many other municipalities require paramedics to be either firefighters or police officers, the Town of Tonawanda utilizes a system staffed by career paramedics. These professionals have dedicated themselves to the delivery and improvement of advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care. Based out of Police Headquarters on Sheridan Drive, the paramedics respond to a wide variety of calls for service from simple falls and assist calls to more complex medical calls and multiple traumas.



The Town Paramedic Unit was conceived and developed in 1974 under the guidance of Town Supervisor James V. Ryan, Medical Director Joseph Takats, and Labor Relations Director Norman Stocker. Following rigorous training of the newly hired 9 full time and 3 alternate paramedic trainees the unit went into service on August 11, 1975 and began providing basic and advanced first aid to the citizens of the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore. In their first year of service the paramedics responded to 1,705 requests for first aid. The Paramedic Unit has several special operations units including:

On August 11, 2015 the Paramedic unit will have been in service for 40 years, one of the first paramedic units in New York State. During that time members of the unit have responded to 171, 991 requests for EMS.

Special Operations

- Bike team, which is made up of specially trained paramedics who operate on bikes to provide Emergency Medical Care in areas where access is difficult either because of terrain or crowds. 

- Honor Guard, a group who represents our unit in honoring deceased members of our department, or represents our department to pay our respects for those public safety members who have died.

- Tactical Paramedics, extensively trained paramedics who are detailed to the department’s SWAT team to provide advanced medical care and support during tactical operations.

In 2014, our emergency medical service units responded to 7640 calls for service in the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore.


Paramedic Benefits

A career with the Tonawanda Paramedics has excellent benefits, including:

  • Competitive salary - starting salary as of 2015 is $45,380
  • Hospital and medical insurance
  • 25-year New York State (NYS) retirement program
  • Vacation, sick pay and holiday pay
  • Four-on, two-off,  8 hour shift schedule
  • 403-B deferred compensation
Equipment Used by Tonawanda Paramedics
Drug Bag Zoll E Series Broselow Bag
Medication for treatment of emergency conditions, including chest pain, difficulty breathing, allergic reactions, diabetic hypoglycemia and more Zoll E-Series Cardiac Monitor / Pacer / Biphasic Defibrillator / 12 Lead ECG / Pulse Oximeter / NIPB / Capnography (EtCO2) Broselow Pediatric Advance Life Support Pack


pulse ox2 advantage 1000   thermometry Rad 57 inRed
Pulse Oximeter Glucometer   Thermometer Rad-57 CO-Oximeter


whisperflow multistrap   EZ IO Lithium Driver2 ezio lg
CPAP - for treatment of acute respiratory failure. CPAP ventilation is also commonly used for critical patients with respiratory failure. In these patients, CPAP ventilation can prevent the need for endotracheal intubation, or allow earlier extubation. EZ-IOTM is a handheld, battery-powered device that provides fast, safe and controllable vascular access within seconds via the intraosseous route. The EZ-IOTM is commonly used in cardiac arrest or critically ill patients in shock.


Foundation History & Establishment

The James V. Ryan Foundation was established in 1985 to honor the late town supervisor who spearheaded the effort to establish the town's paramedic program and support the emergency medical services in our community.

Service Programs

As a 100% volunteer, not-for-profit organization, they have been able to provide many lifesaving tools and educational programs over the years for the paramedics as well as emergency response personnel in our town and village.

The foundation supports many service programs for the citizens of our community such as the "Vial of Life" program. In the recent past they have been able to acquire a new emergency response vehicle for the Paramedic Unit. They also acquired automated external defibrillators for use in our school district and in every marked police car in our town and in the Village of Kenmore Fire Department.

Operating Costs

The costs of operating the Emergency Medical Unit are primarily funded by your tax dollars. However, over the years our paramedics have enjoyed a "competitive edge" over many similar programs thanks to generous donations received from public and private sources.


Board of Directors

Fay P. Ryan       Chairperson  
Norman J. Stocker Vice-Chairman Associated Labor Consultants
Joseph F. Koch Interim Treasurer Real Estate Appraiser
Kevin B. Day Secretary Paramedic Supervisor (retired) Town of Tonawanda
John W. Beaumont   Kenmore Fire Department (Past Chief)
Carla E. Bevilacqua, RN, EMT-P   Paramedic Supervisor (Ret.), Town of Tonawanda
Donald V. Brown, CEO   D.V. Brown and Associates Inc.
Peter F. D'Orsaneo   Sales Manager (retired) Flexume Sign Corp. 
Karen L. Ginnane   Site Director, Praxair Inc. 
George A. Jackman   Owner (retired) Metal Locking Service Inc. 
Thomas J. Kelly Esq., Emeritus   Partner (retired) Brown and Kelly  
Millie Nikischer   Vice President (retired) Key Bank  
J. Jeffrey Ryan    
Joseph R. Takats, III, D.O., FACEP   Twin City Physicians Group
Medical Director (Ret.), Town of Tonawanda EMS

Support the Foundation
The Ryan Foundation has made many of our state-of-the-art equipment purchases possible, therefore allowing us to treat our patients with the latest life-saving equipment and technology. 

If you wish to support your community and its Paramedic Unit by making a donation, please send your tax-deductible contribution to:

James V. Ryan Paramedic Foundation
c/o Town of Tonawanda Paramedic Unit
1835 Sheridan Drive
Buffalo, NY 14223

Paramedic Unit Mission

The mission of the Paramedic Unit is to maintain and provide the highest standards of pre-hospital care for the citizens and visitors of our community. We proudly serve by providing:

  • Service - Treat our patients with dignity. Recognize and accept the privilege and trust that is extended to us when we serve others in their time of need.
  • Integrity - Demonstrate ethical behavior in all of our interactions. Maintain our credibility by conducting ourselves in an honest and professional manner at all times.
  • Teamwork - Build constructive relationships within our community. Support a working environment that encourages equitable treatment and contribution by all.
  • Excellence - Pursue continuous improvement in our medical mission through evaluation, education and personal development. Achieve distinction by remaining on the cutting edge in the delivery of quality pre-hospital care by utilizing both technology and training.

1835 Sheridan Dr.
Tonawanda, NY 14223

(716) 876-5300

(716) 879-6644

Name Title Email Phone
Baumgartner, Michael Paramedic Supervisor Email 879-6675
Bongiovanni, John   Email  
Botham, Michael   Email  
Cinelli, Jon   Email  
De Rose, Matthew   Email  
Hixon, Kent Part-Time    
Baumgartner, Diona   Email  
LaBella, Rachel   Email  
Lutz, Robert Part-Time Email  
McDonald, Scott   Email  
Napieralski, Jay   Email  
O'Connor, David Part-Time Email  
Rice, David   Email  
Rutecki, Jason   Email  
Rutenkroger, Kristian   Email  
Scime, Thomas Operations Manager Email  
St. Peter, Christopher   Email  
Pecoraro, Jeremy   Email  


Town of Tonawanda Paramedics Vehicles
44 47 49
patrol 44 patrol 47 patrol 49
trailer patrol 44 and trailer patrol 47 ambulance 231