FDNY sending its first all-female medic crew to JEMS Games

"It’s about time females will get the recognition that they can do this job and do it well,” said EMS Lt. Allison Shaughnessy


By Leila Merrill

NEW YORK — For the first time, an all-female FDNY paramedic team will compete in the JEMS Games this week.

“It’s about time,” said EMS Lt. Allison Shaughnessy, who is based in EMS’ Haz-Tac Battalion. “EMS is about 50/50 females to males, and it’s about time females will get the recognition that they can do this job and do it well and put a light on that.”

FDNY is sending an all-female team and an all-male team to compete in the JEMS Games this year.
FDNY is sending an all-female team and an all-male team to compete in the JEMS Games this year. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

She and Monica Lewis, Natalia Alzate and Meagan Valicenti have been preparing to compete, the New York Daily News reported.

FDNY is also sending an all-male paramedic team.

“From what we understand, there will be one medical scenario, then a trauma and a MCI (mass casualty incident) scenario and a computer-based test,” Shaughnessy, 38, said. “If we make it to the finals, it will be a bigger scenario with a lot more patients.”

The competition is part of the 2022 Journal of Emergency Medical Services Conference and Expo.

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