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From applause to pink slips? Front-line hero weighs in on potential EMS layoffs

​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...
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EMS union braces for 400 possible layoffs, and city warns of firefighter cuts

​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...
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Paramedics and EMTs Under Staggering Stress in Era of Disease and Disruption

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...
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‘Heroes, right?’

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...
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“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.”

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
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The EMS Today Show: FDNY EMS Inequity Must be Corrected!

​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...
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Heroes on the front lines: FDNY paramedic describes experience during pandemic

​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...
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FDNY EMS lieutenant dead in apparent suicide may be due to coronavirus PTSD: union

​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 ...
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Council backs effort to boost emergency worker pay May 30, 2020

​By David Brand                                  QUEENS Daily Eagle Councilmember I. Daneek Miller's mission to boost pay for emergency workers received the support of his colleagues Thursday, when the city council passed a resolution calling on New York City to cl...
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News by VICE ‘I Don’t Want to Die’: Fighting Coronavirus on the Streets of Detroit What it's like for the EMTs battling COVID-19 in the hardest-hit city in Michigan.

​By Michael Anthony Adams, Joe Hill, Roberto Daza, and Ani Ucar     VICE      May 15 2020, 1:26pm ​DETROIT – Not long after midnight, another call came in. Kelly Hornik heard the radio chirp and looked down at the laptop next to her in the ambulance as she was driving. The screen glowed red. "Emergency pendin...
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Video: FDNY EMT asks Congress for hazard pay, PPE

​During a video testimony to the U.S. House's coronavirus committee, FDNY EMT Diana Wilson said the government had failed first respondersBy Laura French     EMS1                                                 ...
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Give ‘special thanks’ to NYC EMS members during week dedicated to heroes: Mayor de Blasio

​By SHANT SHAHRIGIAN   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS     MAY 19, 2020 Four members of the New York Fire Department's EMS bureau who lost their lives to COVID-19 — as well as the Colorado paramedic who died after coming to the Big Apple to help — were honored as part of EMS week by Mayor de Blasio."We've lost them and we need to honor...
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'It was like a trial by fire': Omaha-area EMTs return from New York, share their experiences

​By Jessica Wade World-Herald staff writer          Omaha World-Herald                           May 17, 2020  New Yorkers opened their windows, banged their pots and pans together and shouted their thanks to the first responders on the street below....
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FDNY takes EMS week events celebrating health care heroes online

​By THOMAS TRACY   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |MAY 16, 2020 | 6:31 PM Gratitude poured in from around the world as New York EMS crews answered a record number of calls for help during the coronavirus pandemic. But because of the nature of the public health crisis that made FDNY EMS crews a symbol of New Yorkers' perseverance, city plans to ...
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Emergency Medical Workers Are Integral to the Fight Against Coronavirus. Just a Few Decades Ago, America's EMS System Didn't Even Exist

​BY OLIVIA B. WAXMAN                     TIMEMAY 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDTSunday marks the beginning of EMS Week, an annual time to recognize the life-saving efforts of emergency medical services personnel. While celebratory events won't take place in person this year, EMS personnel are getting mor...
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Paramedicine Strategic Planning

​By Brian J Maguire, Dr.PH, MSA, EMT-P, Scot Phelps, JD, MPH, Paul Maniscalco, PhD(c), MPA, MS, EMT/P, LP, Daniel R. Gerard, MS, RN, Andy Gienapp, NRP, Kathleen A. Handal, MD and Barbara J. O'Neill, PhD, RN | 5.14.20  Preparing the 'Far Forward' Front Lines for the Second COVID-19 Wave​​​An effective paramedicine system operates at the interse...
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Queens EMS instructors who found themselves on coronavirus front lines as pandemic hit now fear second wave of deadly virus

​By BRITTANY KRIEGSTEIN and LARRY MCSHANE  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |MAY 11, 2020 | 12:01 AM COVID-19 war-weary paramedics Kim Benson and Chris Feliciano lived through hell. Now the EMS instructors wonder if it was all just a "rough drill" for the worst yet to come. "Not really scared, just apprehensive," Benson told the Daily News about ...
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Opinion: Don't leave EMS behind in virus recover

 Ron Slagell  Published 11:00 p.m. ET May 10, 2020     The Detroit News ​It's no secret that the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic are the health care professionals, risking their own well-being to help those who are suffering. This includes doctors, nurses and EMS professionals, who are often overlooked. At a time ...
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Cory Booker calls for EMS responders to receive hazard pay in next stimulus package

​Updated May 08, 6:29 PM; Posted May 08, 5:59 PMBy Keith Sargeant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., spent much of his time Friday during a conference call with New Jersey emergency medical services responders saluting their service for treating pre-hospitalized coronavirus patients.​ "To put it simply, there is just no...
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EMS Unions: Antibody Test Results Support Case for Pay Parity. FDNY Has Higher Positive Rate Than Cops; Gov: EMTs Are Driving It

By BOB HENNELLY   May 7, 2020           The Chief The president of the union representing Emergency Medical Technicians said the results of COVID-19 antibody testing, as well as remarks by Governor Cuomo, greatly strengthen the case for giving those workers pay parity with other first-responders. As part...
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Op-Ed: New York City’s EMS workers need more than nightly applause

QNS      By Op-Ed                  ​BY WALTER S. ADLEROver 14,000 New Yorkers have died so far during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of bravery, heroism and inter-agency cooperation has ensued for the worst four weeks of the pandemic. The virus is here and will be for some time. My EMS ...
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'I woke up a totally different person’: FDNY paramedic in coronavirus coma for a month wakes up, tells Daily News she has new lease on life

By NOAH GOLDBERG NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |MAY 03, 2020 | 12:01 AM The last thing FDNY paramedic Christell Cadet remembers was telling doctors she could no longer breathe on her own. That was on March 21, when the 34-year-old was placed in a medically-induced coma while fighting for her life against a crippling coronavirus infection. The gutsy...
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THOSE WE’VE LOST Idris Bey, an N.Y.C. Emergency Worker, Dies at 60

​Mr. Bey, who died of the coronavirus, was a popular instructor at the Fire Department's Emergency Medical academy. By Rebecca Liebson         The New York TimesApril 30, 2020​This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.At the New York City Fire Department...
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Meet the Heroes Providing Essential Services During Coronavirus: 'I'd Thought I'd Seen It All'

​"You can't see the enemy," says FDNY rescue paramedic Joe Hudak. "Of course I'm scared."By Johnny Dodd and Jeff Truesdell April 29, 2020 10:17 AM ​As U.S. coronavirus cases have grown to 1 million and more than 53,000 people across the nation have lost their lives, essential employees have been stocking store shelves, making our deliveries, caring...
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FDNY fire inspectors sue over salaries, lack of protective gear during coronavirus pandemic

​By STEPHEN REX BROWN  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |MAY 01, 2020 | 7:15 AM FDNY fire inspectors, already steamed over low pay, are now fuming over a lack of protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic, a new lawsuit charges. The class action case filed Friday in Manhattan Federal Court claims that the low salaries of fire protection insp...
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Rookie New York City EMT, 23, commits suicide less than three months on the job after working on the frontlines of the city's coronavirus hotspots

​By RALPH R. ORTEGA                                  DAILYMAIL.COM.UKPUBLISHED: 11:16 EDT, 26 April 2020John Mondello, a 23-year-old New York City EMT, died by suicide less than three months on the job after he was thrust into work during the COVID-19 outbreakMonde...
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NYC paramedic could only give daughter ‘air hug’ on her birthday

​By Michael Kaplan                  April 25, 2020            NEW YORK POST ​Erika Smith is a 38-year-old FDNY paramedic working out of Battalion 26 in the South Bronx. The Middletown, NY, resident is staying at a Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan rather than risk infecti...
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First responders say years of low pay and chronic turnover have put coronavirus patients' lives at additional risk during the pandemic: 'We're screaming for help'

​ Dave Mosher and Rhea Mahbubani                                  BUSINESS INSIDER In the past four years, Vincent Variale, a lieutenant EMT and 30-year veteran of Fire Department of New York's (FDNY) EMS, has seen two out of every three of his colleagues quit...
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'I Hear The Agony': Coronavirus Crisis Takes Toll On NYC's First Responders.

​BY: HANSI LO WANG                   npr ​For weeks, first responders have been racing across New York City to try to save lives in the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The stress from the high numbers of 911 calls and deaths from COVID-19 is taking a toll on them. Elizabeth...
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Brooklyn College at Your Service April 16, 2020 By JAMILAH SIMMONS Brooklyn College

​As New York City Battles the COVID-19 Pandemic, Many Among the Campus Community Have Leapt Into Action ​The COVID-19 crisis has prompted various responses from members of the Brooklyn College community. For many of our staff, faculty, students, and alumni, that response has meant running to the front lines or rushing to assist or support those who...
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USA: 'Morale is bottom-down' as NYC Paramedics grapple with coronavirus pandemic.

United States, New York City SocietyCOVID-19 April 16, 2020 at 08:42 GMT +00:00 Published by RUPTLY​Anthony Almojera, a paramedic from New York City, said emergency services besides being overloaded are getting far more calls for cardiac arrests than usual amidst the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. "I did 16 hours and I had 13 cardiac arres...
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An FDNY medic who responded to 9/11 says the coronavirus is having a 'worse' impact on first responders: 'It's traumatizing'

​Rhea Mahbubani and Dave Mosher                   Business Insider Lt. Faisel Abed, a paramedic supervisor with the New York Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services, responded to the September 11 attacks and is now on the front line of the city's coronavirus response.Abed said the pandemic is w...
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FDNY Lt. Says EMS Should Wear Masks on Every Call Despite CDC Recommendation

​​By McKenzie Marshall          cheddar         April 14, 2020​ ​Click on link to watch video.https://cheddar.com/media/fdny-lt-says-ems-workers-should-always-wear-masks-on-every-call-despite-cdc-guideline​New York's Emergency Medical Service workers are working overtime to keep up with increas...
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Longtime FDNY EMT who toiled at Ground Zero dies of coronavirus

​By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA     NEW YORK DAILY NEWS    APR 13, 2020   A veteran EMT has died from coronavirus, the FDNY announced.Gregory Hodge, 59, served the city for 24 years and worked at Ground Zero as part of the department's search efforts after the 9/11 terror attack. In late 2016 he was assigned to N...
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Paramedic who retrieved body parts after 9/11 says coronavirus is worse.

 By Carl Campanile       New York Post                April 9, 2020 FDNY Paramedic Luis Lopez​ A New York City paramedic who retrieved body parts after the Sept. 11 attacks said the coronavirus pandemic is an even worse disaster for New York. "I'd have to says yes, this...
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BROOKLYN AMBULANCES SUFFER LONG DELAYS, STAFFING SHORTAGES DURING PANDEMIC

 By Jessica Parks        Brooklyn Paper        Posted on April 9, 2020 Ambulances are seeing wait times of up to two hours at Brooklyn hospitals. Photo courtesy of the Uniformed EMS Officers Union​Ambulances in Brooklyn are being delayed by up to two hours as emergency rooms are overrun with a massi...
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FIRST RESPONDERS OFFERED SUBPAR HOUSING AS 911 CALLS SKYROCKET: EMTS

 By Rose Adams        Brooklyn Paper       Posted on April 9, 2020 ​The FDNY began a program to offer EMS workers free homes — but their choices are "less than savory."Courtesy of Anthony Almojera​The Fire Department is offering New York City's beleaguered Emergency Medical Service workers complimentary ...
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Frontline medical workers take mortal risks to answer impossible call

RACHEL MADDOW  rachel.msnbc.com MSNBC   April 8, 2020  ​Click on link to watch video.https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/frontline-medical-workers-take-mortal-risks-to-answer-impossible-call-81814085863Anthony Almojera Vice President of the Uniformed EMS Officers Union Local 3621 @AnthonyAlmojera
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First Responders Fear Being Left Behind in Coronavirus Relief

 By Gaby Galvin, Staff Writer              U.S. News                  April 6, 2020 ​AS HOSPITALS AND OTHER health care providers receive priority for protective gear and billions of dollars in federal funding to battle the coronavirus, emergency medical respo...
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EMTs, medics defy ‘deadly’ FDNY order to not wear N95 masks

By Susan Edelman, Isabel Vincent, Sara Dorn and Melissa Klein  New York Post April 4, 2020   FDNY EMT after responding to a fever/cough call at 418 w. 17th street in Manhattan.​The city's overworked ambulance crews say they are at risk of catching the coronavirus because the FDNY is limiting the use of N95 masks — as City Hall parcel...
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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 link to watch 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 ambulances backed up in front of the emergen...
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Coronavirus Update: Calls For Ambulances In NYC Breaks Record

 Program: CBS2 News At 11Categories: Health and Fitness, News, General, Local News, WCBSTV, Top Story ​Click on link to watch video:  https://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/4499211-coronavirus-update-calls-for-ambulances-in-nyc-breaks-record/Calls for ambulances in the city broke a record Monday night, and by 9 p.m. Tuesday, there were a...
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Tale of Two Cities: Some NY EMS Sleep in Cars, Chicago Offers Hotel Rooms

JEMS Journal of Emergency Medical Services April 01 2020 https://www.jems.com/2020/04/01/tale-of-two-cities-some-ny-ems-sleep-in-cars-chicago-offers-hotel-rooms/Concern is running so high in New York City that some FDNY EMS members are reportedly sleeping in their cars to avoid infecting their families with coronavirus. "They're sleeping ...
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EMTs have stopped taking people in cardiac arrest to coronavirus-strained hospitals

 By Susan Edelman and Jorge Fitz Gibbon NEW YORK POST April 02, 2020  By Susan Edelman and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon  April 2, 2020 ​Cardiac arrest victims whose hearts cannot be restarted at the scene are now being left there — rather than being brought to coronavirus-strained hospitals for further revival attempts, according to a...
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Brooklyn politicians want Bay Ridge coronavirus test site for first responders

​An ambulance with a patient suffering respiratory issues outside a hospital in Brooklyn, NY.​A group of southern Brooklyn elected officials are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to open a coronavirus testing site in Bay Ridge for first responders and other frontline essential workers, saying they are being shut out at other loc...
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Coronavirus pandemic 'taking its toll' on New York City EMTs: 'There’s just a lot more panic in people’s voices'

​Arthur Persaud, an EMT, husband, and father of two, has been at the frontlines of New York City's fight against the coronavirus.​New York City EMT Arthur Persaud is used to showing up to the unknown, as it's part of the job. But ever since the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage New York City, fear and hesitation has crept into each and every 911...
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Harsh COVID Realities for Paramedics By Adam McPartlan

Yesterday, thisistheBronX published a report about the Bronx Documentary Center's donation of supplies to the Lincoln Hospital EMS, inspired by a conversation BDC director Michael Kamber had with retired EMT Joe Conzo, Jr. Conzo, who worked as an EMT for 20 years and served as the VP of the EMT union, talked with thisistheBronX about the state...
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Lieutenant Governor of New York Recognizes FDNY EMS

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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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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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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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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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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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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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