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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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NYC paramedic says coronavirus patients brought to hospitals ‘to die’ By Carl Campanile

​FDNY Paramedic Megan Pfeiffer is assigned to Jamaica Station 50.​"We're pretty much bringing patients to the hospital to die." That's how city paramedic Megan Pfeiffer summed up the increasingly grim local coronavirus situation to The Post, while described her grueling work as a first-line emergency worker treating patients in Queens while re...
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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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America’s underpaid, oft-forgotten EMTs are bearing the brunt of the pandemic Sadly, front-line EMS teams are used to being forgotten by our broken for-profit healthcare system

BOB HENNELLY   MARCH 30, 2020.  9:00PM (UTC)With more cases than any other country, the United States is now the epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic. Our death toll is rapidly rising, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top epidemiologist, has said that 100,000 to 200,000 could die by the time it ends. The pandemic has sudden...
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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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698: The Test This American Life

​Click on the link to listen to the full episode;https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-american-life/id201671138?i=1000469910560The coronavirus has now fully arrived in the United States. This week, stories of people trying to rise to that challenge, in some pretty extreme situations.
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NYC 911 calls hit record high during coronavirus crisis

​Click on the link to watch the video: https://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/nyc-911-calls-hit-record-high-during-coronavirus-crisis-81316933662Emergency services in New York City have seen unprecedented calls as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. But FDNY's Anthony Almojera tells Ali Velshi that the members of the FDNY and NYPD will still ...
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Coronavirus: FDNY EMS getting most daily calls in its history

 By Joseph Ostapiuk | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ISLAND, N.Y. -- The EMS system is regularly getting over 6,000 911 calls a day, according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, an increase of over 50% compared to an average day. "The last five days have been the five busiest days for the EMS in their entire history," Nigro said at a press...
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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

​https://survey.fdnycloud.org/covid19/login
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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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As Emergency Calls Spike, EMS Workers Are "Barely Holding The Line"

                       By Yasmeen Khan, WNYC and Jake Offenhartz     THE GOTHAMIST        March 27, 2020 10:59 a.m. ​Paramedics and EMTs are coping with an approximate 50 perc...
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Coronavirus hits home for Daily News editor married to NYC Paramedic

By Erika Martinez       NEW YORK DAILY NEWS        MAR 27, 2020    11:44 AM Can it come back?That's the question hammering away in the back of my mind as my husband puts on his uniform and heads back to work as an FDNY paramedic this weekend — roughly 16 days after his first...
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CBS Evening News on Twitter "We're on the front lines... doing it to the point of exhaustion."

MOLA LENGHI      CBS Evening News  https://twitter.com/MolaReports@CBSEveningNewsThe crush of COVID-19 patients at an NYC hospital, where 13 died in a day, was so overwhelming Thursday that 50 additional workers were sent in to help. "We're on the frontlines...doing it to the point of exhaustion," an EMT worker tells @MolaR...
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Letter of support from NYC Council Member Robert Holden.

 NYC Council Member Robert Holden represents Queens District 30https://twitter.com/BobHoldenNYC?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor https://twitter.com/BobHoldenNYC?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor​
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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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Union reps for NYC cops, firefighters demand more COVID-19 testing

 Union reps for NYC cops, firefighters demand more COVID-19 testingBy Craig McCarthy and Carl CampanileMarch 22, 2020 | 3:32pm | Updated|| 3:32pm | Updated| UpdatedEnlarge Image Ninety-eight NYPD officers and other employees and 17 Fire Department/Emergency Medical Service personnel have tested positive for COVID-19.The leaders of the unions e...
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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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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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FDNY issues order pulling back firefighters from calls describing coronavirus symptoms; says it is prioritizing responses

​By GINGER ADAMS OTIS and CATHY BURKENEW YORK DAILY NEWS |MAR 07, 2020 | 2:57 PMThe FDNY is pulling firefighters from answering medical calls that describe symptoms associated with coronavirus, the Daily News has learned.  A department order issued Friday says 911 calls for asthma attacks, fever, coughs and difficult breathing will be han...
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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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FDNY EMS TESTIFY ON LOW PAY, HIGH STRESS & MASSIVE JOB TURNOVER February 6, 2020

 "When EMS first responders are paid less than what it costs to live in the city they serve, it impacts the morale. It also causes massive turn over. Ironically, one of the reasons the deBlasio Administration says they can't fix this problem is that it will cost too much," says President of Local 3621 of DC 37 representing Uniformed EMS Office...
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Emergency Medical Workers Deserve Pay Equity

NY Times endorses equal pay for EMSClick on link for full story  -Vincent Variale https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/opinion/sunday/emt-paramedics-salary.html
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We Did It!!

FDNY EMS will now have a real civil service career with exams for Lieutenant to the rank of Division Chief. Thank you Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators Andrew Gounardis & Marty Golden. Majority Leaders Andrea Cousins & John Flanagan. Assemblyman Peter Abbate & Speaker Carl Heastie. A very special Thank You to our Legislative Counsel Rober...
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Union Demands Help From The City After Pair Of Attacks On EMS Workers

Uniformed EMS Officers Union Vice President Anthony Almojera was recently quoted by CBS regarding the recent increase in violence towards our fellow EMS Brothers and Sisters. Lt. Almojera made strong and clear statements regarding the lack of personal protection training that other first responding agencies receive, but EMS does not. Below is the a...
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