Dear Resident and Business Owner,

Ross/West View Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has a long history of being a leader in Pennsylvania’s EMS system.  Advancing clinical care each day, we lead our system in how EMS organizations should be managed and demonstrate the very best compassion and patient care anywhere.  Beyond emergency ambulance responses, Ross/West View EMSA spends countless hours engaging our communities in programs to prevent injury and loss of life.  We spend countless hours teaching citizens, and other public safety professionals various classes ranging from CPR, First Aid, Emergency Medical Technician all the way through advanced rescue training.  Our EMT’s and Paramedics participate in and lead multiple local, county, and regional teams for specialized care and rescue.

Why You Should Support the Levy

As EMS has changed dramatically over the years, with increased employee costs, fewer volunteers, dramatically increased expenses, and a significant decline in insurance reimbursement, we now operate at a financial loss.

Without the addition of meaningful change and sustainable funding, Ross/West View EMSA will need to begin to downsize, shed services and operate at a much lower standard than we have all come to expect. Our future is in jeopardy. The time for change is now.

What We Do

Technical Rescue

Technical Rescue

Technical Rescue

Ross/West View EMSA is unique among emergency medical services in its ability to provide rescue services while providing advanced life support care. In our repertoire, we have the training and equipment to engage in vehicle rescue, rope rescue, and confined space rescue, and can provide initial support for trench and structure collapse rescue. We require our staff to hold a level of basic rescue training and support advanced training for our staff to become rescue technicians. We operate an Advanced Life Support rescue truck and provide rescue services for our entire coverage area.

Special Response Team


NHSRT- North Hills Special Response Team

The North Hills Special Response Team is comprised of specially trained police officers from various departments who respond to high-acuity violent incidents. Ross/West View provides tactical medical backup for this team, with specially trained paramedics that respond alongside law enforcement officers. While they perform separate duties within this team, having medical providers on these teams allows for the safe and effective resolution of these high-stakes calls. For more information regarding the NHSRT, visit their website at https://www.ross.pa.us/174/North-Hills-Special-Response-Team

Mass Casualty Response

Resuce Truck

Mass Casualty Response

Ross/West View operates a mass casualty response vehicle for large-scale multiple-patient incidents. The Mass Casualty Unit (210MCU-5) is housed at our main station and staffed by our employees when called upon. This unit provides coverage for our immediate response area and also operates as a county-wide resource available for any mass casualty response. As a Region 13 asset, the MCU can also be called beyond the county lines when needed. This unit also allows us to provide rehabilitation services for fire crews or other rescue teams during long-term incidents, ensuring the safety and efficiency of public safety members in strenuous conditions or poor weather. The MCU is also able to be deployed for large-scale special events, providing our crews the equipment they need to provide care to a large group of people, without needing to remove supplies from our regular service ambulances.

Strike Team

PA Region 13 Strike Team

PA Region 13 Strike Team

The PA Region 13 Strike Team provides a wealth of specialist equipment, personnel, and services as-needed for special operations in the southwest region of Pennsylvania. For unique dangers such as hazardous materials incidents, structure collapse, and water rescue response, the Strike Team provides an umbrella organization to coordinate equipment and personnel. With our focus on special rescue training, Ross/West View has multiple members that are Strike Team personnel, and our Mass Casualty Unit is an asset that can be called upon for Strike Team purposes. For more information, visit the Strike Teams’ website: https://www.pa-st1.com

Rescue Team

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North Hills Technical Rescue Team

The North Hills Technical Rescue Team (NHTRT) is a group of highly-trained rescue technicians available for complex rescue calls in the North Hills. Multiple members of Ross/West View EMSA’s staff are also members of the NHTRT, and our rescue truck is an asset that can be called upon for rescue calls in the region. With our focus on rescue training, R/WV EMSA is able to support our staff with access to technical rescue training for multiple specialist disciplines. Additionally, we are able to provide the NHTRT with members from a medical background, improving the medical skills that can be brought to the patients who find themselves in need of rescue.

Who Do We Serve?

Service Area (specified by borough)

map of the boroughs

5 Communities

Ross Township
West View
Ohio Township

Map Source from PA DOT

Geography Stats

CommunitySquare MilesPopulationSpecial Hazards
Ross Township14.6 Square Miles 30,487Retail, Highways, Hotels, Business, High-Rises, etc.
West View Borough1.6 Square Miles6547West View Plaza, Retail, West View High-Rise
Millvale Borough1.0 Square Miles3686Route 28, Allegheny River, Industry, Retail
Reserve Township2.2 Square Miles3234Limited Access Sections, Elevation
Ohio Township6.9 Square Miles6767Rapid Growth, 279 & 79, Verland Special Needs Population, Limited Access Areas
Total 26.3 Square Miles50,721