‘It’s frustrating’: FDNY EMS workers demand fair pay

By: Edric Robinson

    In a city where first responders are hailed as heroes, the FDNY EMS workers are raising their voices, feeling undervalued and underappreciated due to their low salaries. Despite the critical, lifesaving services they provide daily, EMS workers say they have been awaiting a pay increase that was promised to them for over two decades.

    “It’s demoralizing. The atmosphere out there is very bad,” said Oren Barzilay, President of FDNY EMS Local 2507.

    Barzilay says for more than 25 years, EMS workers have been promised a pay increase comparable to that of other first responders in the city, such as firefighters. However, they continue to wait for that promise to materialize.