Emergency Medical Technicians (Emergency Medical Technician) raise a client into an ambulance while using protective equipment, as the break out of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) continues, in New York City, New York, March 24, 2020.
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The head of New York City’s emergency situation medical services union stated Wednesday the city is preparing to lay off numerous its members as the budget plan crisis grows amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY EMS Local 257, blamed Mayor Bill DeBlasio and his administration for the anticipated fallout.
stated in a declaration, “Even with the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 looming and two recent outbreaks in Brooklyn, Bill de Blasio and his team at City Hall wants to balance the city’s budget on our backs, eliminating some 400 emergency medical responder positions and placing every New Yorker’s life at risk.”
A representative for the FDNY referred a questions to City Hall. A representative for Mayor Bill de Blasio did not right away react.
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“Yesterday, we were praised as heroes, essential workers saving lives,” Barzilay stated. “Today, the city government treats us like zeros. New Yorkers who lived through this deadly pandemic know otherwise.”
De Blasio has stated the city might require to cut as lots of as 22,000 staff members as it faces decreasing contributions from the state and a tax base annihilated by individuals leaving the city, a shuttered Broadway, and an almost non-existent tourist market.
The city’s lifesaver and paramedics reacted to tape call volume in March and early April, peaking at some 6,500 calls a day.
The Emergency medical technicians and paramedics were not unsusceptible to COVID-19. At the peak, almost 1 in 4 were out ill as the infection damaged New York City, killing over 23,000 citizens up until now.