"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 Officers, Vincent Variale. "However, the training and recruitment costs in bringing EMS first responders into the Department, only to have them leave in a year or two, is more expensive. What is the value of expertise, longevity and experience of EMS personnel responding to the public when they need life-saving services?"

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