In 1980, Townsend Municipal Ambulance Service was founded, moving emergency medical services into its own town department, separating its operation from the Townsend Police Department. The service grew and matured into a two-ambulance BLS service until the late 1990s, when it received its paramedic-level license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services. In 2000, TMAS launched “Medic-1,” the first municipally-operated, paramedic-level, non-transporting ambulance in the Commonwealth. At Medic-1’s height, it served six area towns as the sole paramedic-level response vehicle in the area.
In 2005, the Townsend Fire Department merged with the Townsend Municipal Ambulance Service to form Townsend Fire-EMS. Today, the department operates five separate buildings housing four engines, a ladder, a tanker, three forestry units, special operations vehicle, bucket truck, lighting plant and two paramedic-level ambulances. Our primary ambulance is staffed with two crew members at the paramedic level 24 hours a day, seven days a week.