How EMS groups are combating a worker-shortage crisis

A citywide shortage of emergency medical services workers has providers jockeying to recruit and retain emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

Local 2507 union President Oren Barzilay said the FDNY has a “significant shortage” of EMS workers due to low wages and the difficulties and dangers of the job, which the pandemic has exacerbated. He had been lobbying the city to increase wages for municipal EMS workers as part of its fiscal 2022 budget, which was due Wednesday. It remains unclear if the amount allocated by the city will result in worker raises, however.

Wages for EMTs start at $16 an hour and rise to more than $20 an

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