FDNY EMS union reports rise in life-threatening medical emergencies – but no budget increase

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BY NBC New York Staff

What to Know

  • There has been an increase in the number of life-threatening medical emergency calls citywide over the last two years, according to FDNY Local 2507 — a time that saw no increase in the EMS budget, but rather a reduction in the ambulance fleet.
  • “While 911 switchboards were ringing off the hook with critical civilian medical emergencies, the FDNY’s ambulance fleet available to patrol city streets shrunk by 11 percent. EMS budgets also saw no increase in the city’s 2024 fiscal year, despite a budget increase in the Fire Department as a whole,” the FDNY Local 2507 said.
  • According to the union, the lack of a budget increase and a shrinking fleet could explain why the average response time has increased by more than one minute in the last two years.

The FDNY EMS union is sounding the alarm.

There has been an increase in the number of life-threatening medical emergency calls citywide over the last two years, according to FDNY Local 2507 — a time that saw no increase in the EMS budget, but rather a reduction in the ambulance fleet.

“While 911 switchboards were ringing off the hook with critical civilian medical emergencies, the FDNY’s ambulance fleet available to patrol city streets shrunk by 11 percent. EMS budgets also saw no increase in the city’s 2024 fiscal year, despite a budget increase in the Fire Department as a whole,” the FDNY Local 2507 said.

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