Are there enough EMS responders on Staten Island? Response times up as call numbers rising

By Shaina McLawrence | | February 22, 2024

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A recent study on the increase of life-threatening 911 medical calls over the last two years in New York City has raised concerns about EMS staffing levels on Staten Island.

While Staten Island has seen an increase in the number of emergency callers since 2021, EMS ambulances assigned to the borough has not seen the same increases. The amount of FDNY ambulance fleets available to patrol the city shrunk by 11%, a decrease of 50 available ambulances in the system.

According to Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY EMS Local 2507, the decrease is the equivalent of a whole borough less of emergency medical responders.

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