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Rescue EMS from FDNY: Reverse the merger from a quarter-century ago

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23.09.2021

It has been 25 years since the Emergency Medical Service was merged with FDNY. Today, in the City Council, I am introducing legislation that seeks to undo that merger and reimagine a standalone Department of Emergency Medical Services to finally give EMS workers the respect they’ve long deserved.

When the average New Yorker thinks about the mighty Fire Department, they probably think of heroic firefighters, burning buildings, billowing smoke, big red loud firetrucks, and maybe even a firefighter rescuing a kitten stuck in a tree. What they probably don’t think about are the approximately 4,800 EMS workers — EMTs, EMS trainees, paramedics and officers — and you can’t really blame them given the way the department’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services has been treated by the City of New York.

Ever since 1996, as the result of a well-intentioned agency consolidation to streamline services between FDNY and New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., EMS workers have fallen under FDNY’s umbrella. Unfortunately, this arrangement has failed EMS workers in myriad ways. If you’ve been following me, you know I’ve spoken about this many times, even before the COVID-19 hit New........

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