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FDNY EMS chief warns budget cuts could worsen response times

Posted 11/3/23

The FDNY’s chief of emergency medical services said further budget cuts at the department could have a “significant effect” on response times for ambulance crews. In September, Mayor Eric Adams ordered every city agency, including the FDNY and other uniformed services, to submit plans that reduce their city-funded spending by 5 percent in the November budget update.  

They must submit similar formulas outlining further 5 percent cuts by the preliminary budget’s January deadline and plans outlining another 5 percent in reductions by April, when the executive budget is due. Those cuts, once implemented, will likely affect the number of overtime hours that FDNY members can work and could potentially sideline some ambulance crews, making it more difficult for the department to respond to emergency calls in a timely fashion, the EMS chief, Michael Fields, argued. 

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