Police Emergency Service Unit

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Emergency Service Unit

Commanding Officer
Captain Peter Butler

Emergency Service Unit 

Phone: 377-7398

The Yonkers Police Departments staffs a full time Emergency Service Unit, (ESU) that is trained and equipped to respond to medical, rescue, and tactical emergencies. ESU crews are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All ESU members are trained and certified as Emergency Medical Technicians. Prospective ESU candidates are required to complete the Basic ESU five week training course, followed by continuous advanced rescue, tactical and firearms training, during their tenure with ESU.

ESU members are trained to respond and provide Basic Life Support Services to the public, and provide paramedics with assistance and back up.

ESU teams patrol in Ford heavy-duty rescue trucks equipped to handle the following types of emergencies:

  • Persons trapped in vehicle wrecks
  • High and low angle rope rescue
  • Water rescue
  • Ice rescue
  • Sick/rabid animal control
  • Elevator emergencies

ESU operates as the Departments Special Weapons Team, and is responsible for handling:

  • Hostage Situations
  • Barricaded subject Incidents
  • High Risk warrant service
  • Emotionally disturbed persons

ESU units are equipped with the following:

  • Hurst "jaws of life" hydraulic tool system
  • K12 gas saw
  • Gas generator
  • Compressed air, air chisel
  • Rappel ropes
  • Rappel harnesses
  • Rappel hardware
  • Stokes rescue basket
  • Animal control tranquilizer rife
  • Animal control tranquilizer pistol
  • Health stick animal snare
  • Rescue helmets
  • Turnout coats
  • Elevator keys
  • Stearns Cold water rescue suits
  • Personal floatation vest
  • Vehicle slim jim kit
  • Ladders
  • Emergency lighting
  • Road flares


  • Oxygen
  • Bag valve masks
  • Non rebreathers
  • Airways
  • Special immobilization
  • Kendricks extrication device
  • Hare traction splint
  • Splints
  • Burn kit
  • Ob kit
  • Trauma kit
  • Blood pressure cuff and scope
  • Ring cutter
  • Bandaging and splints
  • Cervical collars
  • Long boards
  • Personal protective barriers

Each ESU officer is issued a ballistic helmet, heavy body armor, chemical agent mask, and nomex flame retardant gloves and hood. Officers assigned to the scoped rifle marksman team are issued .308 cal Remington model 700 Police sniper rifles.
All ESU members are trained and qualified with the following:

  • H&K MP5 submachine gun
  • Colt M16 commando rifle
  • Benelli super 90 12 gauge shotgun
  • 37mm chemical agent
  • 12 gauge breaching shotgun