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EMS in the News

'It doesn't feel worth it': Covid-19 is pushing New York's EMTs to the brink. Martha Pskowski. Wed 24 Feb 2021 06.00 EST

​Struggling with low pay and high stress, New York paramedics and emergency medical technicians are reaching a breaking point.​In his 17 years as an emergency medical provider, Anthony Almojera thought he had seen it all. "Shootings, stabbings, people on fire, you name it," he said. Then came Covid-19. Before the pandemic, Almojera said it was...
​NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — FDNY employees are among the first groups that will be offered the coronavirus vaccine after hospital workers, and nursing home patients and staff.But will they actually take it? One union survey says the majority of firefighters may not, CBS2's Lisa Rozner reported Sunday.About a quarter of firefighters took the survey and...
​Marking National First Responders Day, TODAY spotlights the manager of a firehouse that became an epicenter of the New York City pandemic; a veteran paramedic who contracted COVID back in December, and an officer who went right back to work after the virus put her out of work for a month. Sheinelle Jones reports as our special series Heroes Among ...
​By: Betty Nguyen , Veronica Rosario Posted at 8:45 AM, Aug 21, 2020and last updated 2:13 PM, Aug 21, 2020 NEW YORK — As New York City continues to recover from the full impact COVID-19 had on the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is considering laying off "hundreds" of FDNY Emergency Medical Services workers. Lt. Anthony Almoje...
​By THOMAS TRACY and JOHN ANNESE    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |AUG 19, 2020 AT 10:08 PM The president of the city's EMS union is bracing for hundreds of possible layoffs — and City Hall officials are warning firefighter jobs could be on the chopping block too. Mayor de Blasio is planning to send pink slips to 400 EMS personnel as part...
By Virginia Bree on July 28, 2020 7:31 pm                 THE CITYhttps://www.thecity.nyc/platform/amp/2020/7/28/21345899/paramedics-and-emts-under-staggering-stress Paramedic Steve Kleinberg plans to retire next month after 15 years on the job, even though he hasn't accrued enough time to reach ful...
By Eli SaslowJUNE 21, 2020  The Washington Post  ​Voices from the Pandemic 'Heroes, right?' Anthony Almojera, on being a New York City paramedic and the injustices of covid-19​Nobody wants to know about what I do. People might pay us lip service and say we're heroes, but our stories aren't the kind anyone actually wants to hear about. Kid...
CNN Newsroom “We just went through hell, trying to revive and take care of people, and we don’t want to go through it again,” FDNY EMS Lieutenant Anthony Almojera says, urging the public to “just wear a mask” because the “virus is still out there.” pic.twitter.com/mrKGNSt8Th— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) June 24, 2020
​By A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P | 6.24.20 This must watch EMS TODAY Show episode zeroes in on not just the tremendous work by FDNY and other New York City 911-contracted EMS responders, but also on the horrible pay and benefit inequity between FDNY EMS personnel and their counterparts in FDNY and the NYPD.JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman talks wi...
​By: Dan Mannarino , Veronica Rosario Posted at 8:15 AM, Jun 24, 2020and last updated 8:19 AM, Jun 24, 2020​During his 17-year career as a paramedic, Anthony Almojera describes the last three months on the frontlines of the COVID crisis as the most devastating. Almojera spoke to PIX11 Morning News about his experience dealing with the pandemic...
​By Susan Edelman June 20, 2020 | 4:52pm         NEW YORK POST An off-duty Fire Department EMS lieutenant was found dead of an apparent suicide this week in his Nyack home, and his union is blaming his death on the stress that first-responders have endured since the coronavirus pandemic. When Lt. Matthew Keene did not ...