Staten Island EMTs advised to stay on alert after online threat

The FDNY notified EMS providers of the threat in a bulletin Tuesday following a string of threats and attacks on NYC EMTs and paramedics over the last few weeks


Joseph Ostapiuk
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A threat against Staten Island FDNY EMS workers surfaced online Tuesday, prompting an internal message telling EMTs to be aware of their surroundings, according to a Daily News report.

An FDNY spokesman said in an email statement Tuesday night that the Department was alerted of an unconfirmed threat, and that field units were instructed to stay alert and maintain situational awareness out of precaution.

The exact nature of the threat was not divulged.

The Daily News report indicated that EMTs were alerted on a bulletin to be aware of their surroundings during their shifts.

The FDNY posted a tweet amid a series of recent threats against EMTs, the report said, which warns that assaulting an FDNY EMT or paramedic is a felony punishable by 7 years in prison.

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