BY Alicia Victoria Lozano NBC March 28, 2020
NYC first responders sleeping in cars for fear of infecting families, union says
Members 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, according to Anthony Almojera, paramedic and vice president of the FDNY EMS officers union.
Many first responders are working multiple shifts every day and say they are exhausted and overwhelmed by the number of 911 calls. The normal call volume has increased from about 3,500 a day to 6,000 a day or more, according to Almojera.
"They're not going home to sleep. A lot of them have slept in their cars because they don't want to infect their families," he said.
Despite the high call volume, Almojera reassured residents that every emergency call will be answered.
"We will be there," he said. "We will come and take care of you. We are asking for your patience and understanding."