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Medics' union calls for FDNY EMS chief resignation

Union members say Chief Abdo Nahmod mismanaged response to Superstorm Sandy

By EMS1 Staff

NEW YORK — The NYC paramedics' union issued a vote of no confidence in the chief of FDNY EMS and is demanding that he resign because of his management of Superstorm Sandy.

Union members say that EMS Chief Abdo Nahmod kept crews in flooded stations that should have been evacuated and forgot about them, according to CBS New York.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano has issued a statement defending Chief Nahmod saying that he has "the utmost confidence in Chief Abdo Nahmod and his performance before, during and after Hurrican Sandy."

Commissioner Cassano also said that he "ordered all FDNY members—EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters—to stay in service … for as long as possible."

The union also claims that Chief Nahmod allowed EMS units to remain on streets without shelter during the storm and did not call off-duty personnel for help.

According to the New York Post, stations that are located in flood zones were not told to evacuate even though it is protocol to prepare for evacuation three days ahead of time.

Some stations in Queens were so flooded that paramedics had to wait atop an ambulance, with one eventually falling into the water and having to swim to safety and forcing firefighters to make rescues with pickup trucks.

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Zoey Bear Tur Zoey Bear Tur Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:40:30 PM Don't forget about the blizzard that hit NYC two years ago. The guy is a failure.
Alexander Kuehl Alexander Kuehl Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:54:42 AM As the architect of the merger, I have to think it was a failure on many counts.The problems of NYCEMS didn't get fixed and the problems of FDNY bled into EMS.It was suppose to be a seamless integration..but both sides(especially the unions) resisted. I hear much of the problem is now with 911/dispatch..which was nrver an EMS problem.
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Wednesday, November 28, 2012 5:54:30 PM You'd think lessons were learned from "the Blizzard". Since this was not a blizzard, did he/they think that they would not have to prepare much, much more? I believe "Sandy" was underestimated by authourities no matter what the meteorology people were saying. I don't know NYC EMS very well, but do they not have alternative staging points for stations that they knew could be flooded or for crews that could be endangered? If crews had to shelter themselves on top of their own rigs, how are they going to be able respond to emergencies? Instead, they wind up handling their own ememergencies and protect each other. IMHO, NYC needs to work on their own emergency planning so they can respond and take care of emergencies in the public. I know I'm probably repeating others, perhaps saying things in a different way. But all in all, something has got to be done.
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Wednesday, November 28, 2012 8:47:02 PM You would think after 9/11, "The Blizzard of '10" and various other bad things that FDNY would have their act together by now. Since they don't it is past time to replace people.. starting with the Mayor!

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