Attacks on NYC EMS providers more than doubled between 2018 and 2021
FDNY trains its members on self-defense and de-escalation and has posted social media messages to remind the public that assaults are illegal
By Leila Merrill
NEW YORK — The number of attacks on New York City EMS providers more than doubled between 2018 and 2021, Fox5NY reported.
The 2018 number was 160, and in 2021, more than 380 attacks were reported.
EMT Kelley Gumbs said he has been attacked by patients three times in recent years.
FDNY EMTs and Paramedics helps protect our city by providing the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care. They face many dangers while on duty, including assault, and are protected by NYS Law. Assaulting an FDNY EMT or Paramedic is a felony punishable by 7 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/DUmNDHZ0iT— FDNY (@FDNY) May 23, 2022
"The other unpopular pandemic that's been going on in recent years is the pandemic of mental health," Gumbs said.
EMT Richard McMahon was shot by a patient while in the ambulance last week.
FDNY has posted messages on social media to remind the public that EMS providers work to help people and that assaults are illegal.
FDNY said that it also trains its first responders in self-defense and de-escalation.