The Johnstown Fire Department SERT or Tactical Emergency Medical Team was formed in 1995 to assist local, state and federal law enforcement with emergency medical care in high risk situations. The Tactical EMS team is made up of several specially trained paramedics who respond with various local law enforcement agencies to render care for police officers and victims in areas where normal emergency responders cannot go.
The tactical team has been deployed as far away as North Carolina and West Virginia to assist federal law enforcement. On the local scene the tactical team supports the Johnstown/Richland SERT officers on every mission.
Members of the Tactical EMS team have refurbished a ballistic vehicle obtained from the Brinks Corporation and were successful in obtaining the first ALS licensed armored vehicle designation in the State of Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This vehicle has been used numerous times to protect law enforcement personnel and civilians who have been placed in harm's way.
The Johnstown Fire Department has always strived to bring new and innovative services to the greater Johnstown region and the Tactical EMS team is a prime example of just one of those services.