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EMS in the News

A long road home

Hugo Sosa survived the ICU. But for coronavirus patients like him, that's just the start of recovery. By Lenny Bernstein  The Washington Post  June 9, 2020    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Hugo Sosa arrived here a hero, triumphant over the worst that covid-19 can inflict on the human body. Nearly 100 of his fellow first responders w...
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FDNY Captain Leaves Hospital After 44 Days

KEN BUFFA   NBCNEWYORK.COM   MAY 15, 2020 Click the link to watch the video: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/fdny-captain-leaves-hospital-after-44-days-2/2419720/ FDNY Paramedic Captain Hugo Sosa spent 44 days fighting for his life in the hospital battling Covid-19. But now Hugo Sosa has left White Plai...
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These are the most dangerous jobs you can have in the age of coronavirus. For millions of Americans, working at home isn't an option. NBC News identified seven occupations in which employees are at especially high risk of COVID-19.

By Lisa Riordan Seville    NBC NEWS    MAY 8, 2020 We know what can make us vulnerable to COVID-19 — old age, unwashed hands, underlying conditions. But as much of the country sheltered in place, a new risk factor emerged: work."This has become a worker-safety epidemic," said Dr. David Michaels, an epidemiologist and professor o...
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"We're seeing more dead bodies than we've ever had to": First responders describe the guilt, trauma, and hopelessness of battling the coronavirus in New York

BY Rhea Mahbubani and Dave Mosher   BUSINESS INSIDER    APRIL 22, 2020 Emergency Medical Services officers in New York told Business Insider that their mental health is at risk as the city's coronavirus outbreak leads to record-setting 911 call volumes.EMS workers with the FDNY are seeing an unprecedented number of car...
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NYC EMT Idris Bey dies of coronavirus, becoming 8th active FDNY member killed by pandemic

​BY THOMAS TRACEY   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS   APRIL 22, 2020 Idris Bey, an FDNY EMT who taught emergency medical care to fellow first responders, has died of coronavirus complications, the department said Wednesday.The 27-year veteran took part in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero and since 2002 had been assigned to the FDN...
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Behind enemy lines: At the height of New York’s coronavirus outbreak, we followed the city’s paramedics into the homes and apartments of the sick and dying.

By Karishma Vyas   Foreign Correspondent   ABC.NET    New York   April 21, 2020 New York paramedics are responding to a 911 call in Queens.  Inside the apartment, an elderly woman lies on a sofa bed gasping for air.  Her chest moves rapidly, in and out, a desperate rasp escaping between br...
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On the coronavirus front line: The life of a NYC paramedic

Thousands of NYC first responders are the first line of defence against COVID-19. Anthony Almojera is one of them. BY Jillian Kestler-D'Amours    ALJZEERA     APRIL 20,2020 Before the coronavirus pandemic, life in New York City unfolded amid a cacophony of noise - or as local paramedic Anthony Almojera puts it, th...
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'You hear the cries': Virus toll haunts a New York paramedic

By JAKE SEINER   AP NEWS      04/17/2020 NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Bonilla pulls her ambulance up to a set of Bronx row houses. Another ambulance and a fire truck are already there, their flashing lights painting the dark streets an eerie shade of orange. Neighbors gather on their stoops to watch. Some sip wine. &...
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First responder describes life on covid-19 front lines

UNIVISION NEWS    @UnivisionNews     APRIL 15, 2020 Click the link below to watch the video:  https://twitter.com/UnivisionNews/status/1250567077758291968 @AnthonyAlmojera and @UnivisionNewsTo help support the brave men and women of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service, as they fight to save lives dur...
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Stories From the Front Lines: What's It Like to Be an FDNY Paramedic Amid Coronavirus

​BY ADAM HARDING @HardingReports    NEWS 4 NEW YORK   APRIL 15, 2020 FDNY Rescue Paramedic Joshua Rodriguez shares his experiences fighting to save lives on the front lines of the Covid 19 Pandemic crisis;  fighting an invisible enemy.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XPOcrF9TZW4&feature=youtu.beT...
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Patient accused of assaulting EMTs in hospital ER on Easter morning

​By Frank Donnelly    Staten Island Advance    Apirl 14, 2020 STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Two first responders were attacked Easter Sunday morning by a patient who battered them inside Richmond University Medical Center's emergency room, allege prosecutors.  William Wood, 23, of Crystal Avenue, Port Richmond Center, ass...
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Informe Semanal - La Capital Del Virus

RTVE  ALACARTA VIDEOS   April 11, 2020 Click the link to watch the video: https://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/informe-semanal/informe-semanal-capital-del-virus/5555714/ Para ayudar a apoyar a los valientes hombres y mujeres del Servicio médico de emergencia del FDNY, mientras luchan por salvar vidas durante la pandemia de COVID ...
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Front Line Fighters: Profiles Of Coronavirus Local Heroes

Today's hero is a Long Island woman who's working around the clock to save lives as an EMT for the FDNYBy Jacqueline Sweet   Patch Local News   April 13, 2020 BELLPORT, NY — As Long Islanders practice social distancing and make personal sacrifices as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, many look to those on ...
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Blind man falls onto subway tracks, escapes oncoming train in Brooklyn

EYEWITNESS NEWS    ABC 7   Sunday, April 12, 2020   Click the link to watch the video: https://abc7ny.com/blind-man-rescued-subway-propsect-park-brooklyn/6097863/   PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn -- A blind man who fell onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn escaped unharmed after ducking away from a train as ...
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Thousands of FDNY first responders to finally undergo coronavirus testing

By Joe Marino and Isabel Vincent   THE NEW YORK POST     April 11, 2020  Following weeks of shortages and red tape, thousands of New York City firefighters with coronavirus symptoms as well as those on medical leave will be tested for the virus over the next week, The Post has learned.  Previously "there was ...
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Daily News readers salute New York’s brave front-line workers against coronavirus

By VOICE OF THE PEOPLE   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS    APRIL 11, 2020 Essential workers, we thank youSyracuse: My brave daughter moved to Brooklyn to work as a critical care nurse at NYU Langone there. She and her brave coworkers have placed themselves in harm's way, desperate for additional staff and personal protective equipment...
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On the Frontlines: Overworked and Underpaid, New York City EMS responders battle COVID-19 despite pay disparities

By Christopher Howell   NYCity LENS   April 11, 2020   Click on the link to watch the video:  http://nycitylens.com/2020/04/frontlines-overworked-underpaid/ New York City's EMS workers are the lowest paid first responders in the city. Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics are paid far less than po...
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Speed of coronavirus deaths shock doctors as New York toll hits new high

BY NICK BROWN AND GABRIELLA BORTER   REUTERS  ​HEATH NEWS   APRIL 8, 2020 NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state, epicenter of America's coronavirus crisis, set another single-day record of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, as veteran doctors and nurses voiced astonishment at the speed with which patients were deteriorat...
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New Yorkers are dying as ambulance response times surge amid coronavirus

 By Susan Edelman  NEW YORK POST   April 11, 2020 The city's response times to medical emergencies have surged to alarming levels in the last month with EMS workers arriving too late to save many dying patients, The Post has learned.Understaffed and overwhelmed with coronavirus cases, EMS response times have doubled in the Bronx...
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Coronavirus in New York: A paramedic's diary

​BY ALICE CUDDY  BBC APRIL 11, 2020 ​The state has now had more diagnosed cases of the virus than any single country. It has the grim distinction of being at the forefront of a global health crisis.Anthony is now working 16-hour days to try to save people across the city, while supporting colleagues who fear for their lives and their families....
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Coronavirus taking a toll on NY's first responders

​Reuters April 8, 2020 ​​Click on the link to watch the video: https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-taking-toll-nys-first-164835297.html 17-year veteran paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician, Anthony Almojera, describes to Reuters what it has been like:  "I don't know if any of us will ever be the same after this and that's s...
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Actor Jeffery Wright is Helping to Provide Meals For FDNY EMS as the Battle Against COVID 19 Continues.

https://twitter.com/jfreewright/status/1248305677447172098?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet  https://www.gofundme.com/f/meals-for-brooklyn-hospital-staff/donations @jfreewrightTo support the men and women of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service as they fight to save lives during the COVID 19 Pandemic , click on the...
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FDNY Commissioner says 'over 2,000 FDNY and EMS' members out sick

KATY TUR   MSNBC   April 6, 2020 Click Here to watch the video:  https://www.msnbc.com/katy-tur/watch/fdny-commissioner-says-over-2-000-fdny-and-ems-members-out-sick-81709125885
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Servicios de llamadas de emergencia en NY al borde del colapso por la crisis del covid-19

​ NY emergency call services on the brink of collapse due to the covid-19 crisisUnivision Noticias  MARCH 31, 2020 FDNY  Click on the link to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYL8h9dAVSE&feature=youtu.be Jose Gonzalez is a Lieutenant in the Emergency Medical Service of the New York City. He is also an executive bo...
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New York’s Paramedics, on the Front Lines and Forgotten

​BY Mara Gay  NEW YORK TIMES   APRIL 8, 2020 Christell Cadet, a New York Fire Department paramedic, loves her job.  I know because she told me. When I asked her what it was like to be on the ambulance last year, she spoke of the thrill of saving a life, of racing toward danger to help when others were running away.&nbs...
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HOT 97 Ebro in The Morning: A Look Inside The COVID-19 Crisis From The Eyes Of An EMS Worker

Ebro in The Morning HOT 97 #hot97  April 7, 2020 Click the link to watch the video: ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hom8I82F3eQVice President of the FDNYEMS Offices Union Anthony Almojera, calls into Ebro in the Morning to discuss some of the issues EMS workers are dealing with during the COVID-19 crisis. He takes you through what y...
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EMS Swamped by Calls: 'One Day After Another, No End in Sight'

​Transported Dozens on Ventilators to AlbanyBy BOB HENNELLY  THE CHIEF LEADER    April 6, 2020 ​Not since 9/11 has the Emergency Medical Service endured the kind of "battlefield" conditions workers faced as March turned to April as the city's coronavirus cases, according to Oren Barzilay, president of District Council 37's Local...
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Consider all patients to be infected’: FDNY directs paramedics, EMTs to wear masks on all calls

By THOMAS TRACY and CLAYTON GUSENEW YORK DAILY NEWS  APR 05, 2020  New York City paramedics and emergency medical technicians must wear medical-grade face masks while treating any patient during the coronavirus outbreak, FDNY honchos have announced.The FDNY last month said first responders should only wear N95 respirator masks w...
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EMS Workers Face Down Challenges Amid Record 911 Calls During Pandemic

BY EMILY NGO @emilyngo  NY1  NEW YORK CITY APRIL 03, 2020  Cick link to watch video: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/04/03/ems-workers-face-down-challenges-amid-record-911-calls-during-coronavirus-pandemicNEW YORK - "Almost like 7,000 calls now per day. And people are going through this and the...
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EMS Sleeping In Cars To Protect Families From Coronavirus: Pols

Lawmakers are asking the mayor and the FDNY to give EMS workers alternate housing so they don't have to risk bringing coronavirus home. By Anna Quinn, Patch Staff Apr 3, 2020   NEW YORK, NY — The city should provide alternate housing for emergency medical service workers who have resorted to sleeping in their cars instead of ris...
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FDNY EMS gets over 7,000 calls in one day amid COVID-19 pandemic

 Ed Henry  America's Newsroom @AmericaNewsroom  Fox News  Mar. 31, 2020   Click on link to view video: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6146014109001#sp=show-clipsEd Henry  @AmericaNewsroom Anthony Almojera @AnthonyAlmojera 
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NYC paramedics overwhelmed by coronavirus cases: "We've had 9/11-type calls for eight days"

 By David Begnaud cbsnews.com/team/david-beg…  CBS This Morning March 31, 2020  Click on the link to watch the video: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-pandemic-nyc-ems-first-responders-overwhelmed-covid-19-nyu-langone-hospital/A video taken outside of NYU Langone Hospital in lower Manhattan shows nine ambulance...
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EMS on the front lines dealing with 'madness,' sleeping in their cars to avoid infecting their families

The FDNY said that about 20% of members were out sick with symptoms of COVID-19.By  Eva Pilgrim, Katie O'Brien, Josh Margolin and Enjoli Francis   March 31, 2020,  9:27 PM  8 min read Click on link to view video:  https://abcnews.go.com/Health/ems-front-lines-dealing-madness-sleeping-...
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Paramedic: Job brought me to tears for first time in 17 years

 Source: Poppy Harlow @poppyharlowcnn CNN Health March 30 2020 Click the link to watch video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2020/03/30/new-york-paramedic-coronavirus-covid-19-emotions-nr-vpx.cnnYou had to witness something that brought you to tears for the first time in your 17 years, and you've seen alot.  "Yeah, all Parame...
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CNN LIVE - 911 CALLS SKYROCKET NEARLY 50% IN NYC AMID CORONAVIRUS

CNN  Erin Burnett   Out Front   March 30 2020   https://www.cnn.com/shows/erin-burnett-out-front Click link to watch video:  https://vimeo.com/402383637/ef7e12fbce"It's really tough out there.  An average day was 4000 calls a day.  Maybe in the summer we would peak at around 5,000 cal...
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Treasury secretary says first responders could receive COVID-19 hazard pay

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said a fourth stimulus package could include hazard pay for those on the front lines of the crisisBy Laura French   https://www.firerescue1.com/   Today at 1:24 PM WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that hazard pay for first responders could be included in futu...
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RT International - Coronavirus outbreak in New York Mar 30, 2020

Click on link to watch the videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKv7jB_z068  Click on link to watch the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKv7jB_z068RT Producers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKv7jB_z068
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NYC’s pregnant EMTs have to show up for work or lose personal time off during coronavirus crisis

By Ginger Adams Otis   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS     MAR 30, 2020     4:09 AM  Pregnant city workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are still showing up for work — but in many cases it's because they have no other option, the Daily News has learned.In the Fire Department's EMS bureau ...
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CDC emite aviso de viaje en Nueva York, Nueva Jersey y Connecticut para evitar la propagación del coronavirus

 Travel advisory issued in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to prevent coronavirus infectionsBY Maggy Carranza Univision  March 29 2020  https://www.univision.com/temas/peggy-carranza Click on the link to watch the video:https://www.univision.com/shows/noticiero-univision/cdc-emite-aviso-de-viaje-en-nueva-york-nue...
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New York's paramedics unable to answer emergency calls as 20% of service ill, most with COVID-19

   BY Scot Paltrow  Reuters   March 28, 2020     8:02 AM EDT  Officials are saying the EMS is breaking nearly every record with the coronavirus pandemicThe coronavirus outbreak sweeping through New York City has pushed its ambulance service close to the breaking point, with hundreds of personne...
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NYC first responders sleeping in cars for fear of infecting families, union says

 BY Alicia Victoria Lozano   NBC   March 28, 2020 NYC first responders sleeping in cars for fear of infecting families, union saysMembers of the New York City Fire Department Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, also known as the FDNY EMS, are forced to sleep in their cars for fear of infecting their loves ones, ...
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‘War Zone’: Ambulances in N.Y.C. Are Now as Busy as on Sept. 11

 BY ALI WATKINS    NEW YORK TIMES   March 28, 2020  Updated 5:17 p.m. ET With coronavirus cases mounting, emergency workers are making life-or-death decisions about who goes to a hospital, and who is left behind.The first of many calls that night involved a 24-year-old man who had a fever, body aches and a cough t...
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FDNY COVID-19 SYMPTOM CHECK LINK

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FDNY sees highest call volume since 9/11

 Union leaders said the COVID-19 crisis has driven 911 calls up by 40% while staff is decreasing as department members test positiveBy Laura French  NEW YORK — Union leaders representing FDNY firefighters and EMS personnel say the department is responding to its highest number of calls since 9/11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Uniformed EMT...
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First responders need protection: Let’s not repeat the mistake of 9/11 as we fight coronavirus

 By ANDREW GOUNARDES      NEW YORK DAILY NEWS        MAR 25, 2020 5:00 AM New York City is at the heart of the coronavirus crisis. Each day, we see the grim tally as hospitalizations and deaths rise. To beat this pandemic, our city is relying on health-care workers, first responders and public ...
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Mother of hospitalized paramedic calls for more protection for first responders

 By: Cristian Benavides     PIX11 NEWS   March 25, 2020 Click on the link below to watch the video:​https://www.pix11.com/news/coronavirus/mother-of-hospitalized-paramedic-calls-for-more-protection-for-first-respondersNEW YORK — The mother of a paramedic hospitalized in an intensive care unit with coronavirus pushed fo...
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'First line of defense' EMTs worried they're running out of masks as virus outbreak continues

​By: Joe Mauceri     PIX11 NEWS      Mar 24, 2020 Click on the link below to watch the video:​https://www.pix11.com/news/coronavirus/first-line-of-defense-emts-worried-theyre-running-out-of-masks-as-virus-outbreak-continuesNEW YORK — While hospitals are quickly running out of protective equipment, so are first res...
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Merck Donates a Half a Million Masks to Support COVID-19 Emergency Response in New York City

 Sunday, March 22, 2020 11:52 am EDT​KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to the calls for personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and other front-line responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada, today announced it has provided a half a million (5...
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EMS Unions Hit Equipment Shortages, Order to Work If Not 'Symptomatic'

By BOB HENNELLY     THE CHIEF LEADER     March  24, 2020   Emergency Medical Service union officials are speaking out against what they claim is a dangerous loosening of the occupational-safety standards for their members in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.They cite a shortage of personal protectiv...
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Pornhub gives NYC coronavirus workers 50K masks — and free porn

By Noah Manskar    New York Post     March 24, 2020  Pornhub's stars may not always use protection, but it wants to help first responders get some during the coronavirus crisis.The smut-streaming giant has donated 50,000 surgical masks to New York City-area workers on the front lines of the pandemic while ope...
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Concern for New York’s firefighters, EMTs grows as outbreak soars across city

By Todd Maisel   March 24, 2020  As the number of people being diagnosed with COVID-19 accelerates in New York City, first responders are using even greater caution as they work to help the sick while trying to protect themselves from infection.  Union leaders representing emergency medical personnel say not enough is ...
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Coronavirus burden on NYC EMS increases as number of COVID-19 positive cases in FDNY jumps to 46

 By GINGER ADAMS OTIS  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS    MAR 23, 2020  7:30 PM  Nearly 50 FDNY members have tested positive for coronavirus, the department told the Daily News Monday — a sharp increase from last week's numbers that comes amid an uptick in citywide 911 medical calls.  The Fire Department s...
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DOE "Enrichment Centers" Open As City Scrambles To Care For Kids Of Emergency Workers

 BY JESSICA GOULD  WNYC   MARCH 23, 2020 9:02 A.M. Monday marks the beginning of a new era for New York City public schools, as the Department of Education officially begins the transition to e-learning for more than one million students, and opens "Regional Enrichment Centers" to care for the children of essential workers. ...
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NYC first responders resent lack of coronavirus equipment

 By Susan Edelman and Tina Moore                                                    March 21, 2020  FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro issued an internal video telling firefighters and EMS to report to work ev...
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EMS workers expected to keep working after coronavirus exposure

 By Sonia Moghe, CNN  Updated 11:52 AM ET, Sat March 21, 2020 (CNN)Earlier this week, Christell Cadet was a healthy 34-year-old working as a paramedic in New York City. On Tuesday, she started having shortness of breath. By Wednesday, her symptoms were so severe she had to be hospitalized.  Cadet spoke to CNN through labore...
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EMS Unions Waiting on Provision Of Equipment to Fully Cover Faces

​By BOB HENNELLY                                                                 MARCH 20, 2020 Unions representing Emergency Medical Service workers March 17 gained assurances from the...
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Fiscal Year 2021 NYC Council Preliminary Budget Hearing

Committee on Fire and Emergency ManagementClick the link to see the hearinghttps://councilnyc.viebit.com/player.php?hash=dvFgz6TvuWlK
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Last Week One Paramedic Was Infected. Now Over 150 Are in Quarantine.

New York City's ambulance crews, which are stretched thin, have been told to work even if exposed to the coronavirus — as long as they are asymptomatic.​ March 20, 2020                                                  &n...
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EMS Unions: Limiting Firefighters’ Exposure to Virus Makes Pay Case. Too Valuable to Be Paid $35G Less?

By BOB HENNELLY                                                                         March 10, 2020While firefighter-union leaders called the FDNY decision to ord...
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Mario Bastidas Memorial Bike Ride Saturday June 27 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

For more information about this event, and to register click the link below: https://www.accelevents.com/e/gladesLieutenant Mario Bastidas { Super Mario} began his career as an EMT at NYC EMS in 1989. Mario excelled in his career at EMS due to the empathy, kindness, generosity, and nurturing attitude he demonstrated towards his patients, ...
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FDNY firefighters won’t be dispatched to potential coronavirus cases

By Susan Edelman and Melissa Klein March 7, 2020 | 5:18pm https://nypost.com/2020/03/07/fdny-firefighters-banned-from-responding-to-potential-coronavirus-cases/They're not the Bravest when it comes to the coronavirus.  The FDNY won't dispatch its firefighters to potential coronavirus patients, leaving its paramedics and EMTs to ...
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EMS unions threaten to sue for gender-and-race wage discrimination

Members of the FDNY Emergency Medical Services unit stand outside the One World Financial Center building after a suspicious white powder substance was found in envelopes in the mailroom of the Wall Street Journal in in New York January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)​By Nelson A. King​ Posted on March 05, 2020 Caribbean Life&nb...
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FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro ‘hopes’ for raises for emergency medical service

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro speaks during the plaque dedication ceremony to honor Firefighter Steven Pollard at Engine 257/Ladder 170 on Rockaway Boulevard in Canarsie, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |   MAR 03, 2020 | 7:18 PM   By SHANT SHAHRIGIANFDNY Commissioner  D...
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Pay EMTs What They Deserve: End the indefensible disparities between these and other first responders

      By ADRIENNE ADAMS and JUSTIN BRANNAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |FEB 22, 2020 |   Among their many responsibilities, New York City's uniformed first responders rescue people in perilous, life-threatening situations while maintaining public order. The work of New York City police officers, firefighters and emergency...
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