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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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Michael Moore slams Statement about DeBlasio's "Ticker Tape Parade"

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Michael Moore, the documentary superstar hopes America will emerge from the pandemic with a determination to end inequality in this country...including first responders. Michael Moore- "Whatever we pay them, we don't pay them enough..." "I think a lot of people have been thinking about, like, how do we want to live after this pandemic?" Moore ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For paramedics, COVID-19 outbreak ‘10 times worse than 9/11’

 BY GRANT LANCASTER AMNY amNewYork  April 06 2020 Members of the EMS FDNY Help Fund are requesting donations to support their members as the number of emergency calls in the city eclipse those during 9/11."This is like 9/11 happening every single day, with a bit of Hurricane Sandy thrown in," said Lt. Vinny Variale, a 25-year FDNY EMS vet...
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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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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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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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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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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

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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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