As Staten Island sees elevated EMS response times, alarm sounds over staffing levels

Staten Island Advance

By Shaina McLawrence | March 16, 2024

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — City Councilman David Carr has added his voice to growing concerns about EMS staffing levels on Staten Island.

According to Carr (R-Mid-Island), EMS stations should be assigned in the borough based on the geographic size of Staten Island — the third largest borough, geographically speaking, in the city.

“I think that what’s important when we’re assessing the need for first responder resources like EMS . . . you can’t just take into account population,” said Carr. “The way resources are allocated by the government are based on population numbers, but when you are talking about response times, you also have to take into account geography.”


According to Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY EMS Local 2507, the current response time is unacceptable because each second is the difference between life and death for New Yorkers in need of emergency medical attention.

“Response times are up because of an increasing demand for ambulances and not enough resources,” said Barzilay in a telephone interview with the Advance/SILive.com. “This is a matter of life and death. Seconds and minutes count. It can determine your outcome

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