City officials partners with FEMA to bring 250 additional ambulances to NYC

Kimberly Dole
March 31, 2020 - 9:29 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials announced a partnership with FEMA to bring additional ambulances to New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The partnership between FEMA and New York City will bring 250 more ambulances and approximately 500 more EMTs and paramedics to the. city.

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    "Our EMTs and paramedics are doing unbelievable work under the toughest of circumstances," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "This week, I promised them help was on the way, and today it is. Our partnership with FEMA will give our first responders the help they need to continue being the heroes of our city."

    These resourcess aim to help the city increase capacity for medical transport in between medical sites and also assist the FDNY with responding to a record number of medical calls.

    Our EMTs and Paramedics are facing an unprecedented number of medical calls each day. There has never been a busier time in the history of EMS in New York City," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. "We are very grateful for this assistance from FEMA that will make an immediate impact to the 911 system and greatly assist our men and women on the frontlines of this pandemic."

    The ambulances will be fully staffed by paramedics and EMTs from around the country.

    "We are proud to support the first responders and people of New York as we all work together to help guide our city, our state and our country through this difficult time, FEMA Region II Administrator Tom Von Essen said.

    New Yorkers are urged to only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies and call 311 to be connected to a doctor