Reading Emergency Unit began when the Reading Police Department, with the Chief "T" Esterline, recognized the need of a local ambulance service. After a year of study, and planning, Reading Police Department Emergency Unit #1 was born. With area donations and fund-raisers, a 1963 Station wagon was purchased for use as an ambulance. St. Johns Funeral Home of Reading, donated all the medical supplies needed for the first ambulance. Eleven local law enforcement personnel headed by "T" Esterline took First-aid and CPR training.
The first ambulance and its personnel were shown in the annual Reading Halloween Parade, and officially went into service midnight Halloween night (November 1, 1970) stationed at the Reading Police Department, servicing the City of Reading and surrounding Camden and Montgomery Townships.
Since then Reading Emergency Unit has grown tremendously. In November 1990, REU began operations in the City of Hillsdale, March 1991, in the City of Litchfield, and in September 1994, began operating an ambulance from the Somerset Township Fire Station.
The new training center offers CPR and EMS training and is located at 30 Monroe St. in Hillsdale. See our site for more information.