Terrorist threats prompt NYPD to escort FDNY EMTs
NYPD officials flagged an anonymous threat against FDNY EMTs in the Rockaways area, prompting officers to escort emergency crews responding to calls
By EMS1 Staff
QUEENS, N.Y. — NYPD officials will be escorting FDNY EMTs and paramedics working in the Rockaways area after the NYPD and FDNY agencies received terroristic threats.
According to CSB New York, the threat is believed to be gang-related and targets both the FDNY EMS and NYPD departments. EMT crews are taking precautionary steps and will be checking at NYPD precincts and EMS stations. Also, before ambulances heading out to an emergency call now have an NYPD escort.
It is not known at this time how long this safety protocol will last.
An FDNY official told the New York Daily News, "a broad, anonymous tip was received that pointed toward a threat against EMS, but the threat was nothing specific."
Officials also cautioned EMS providers to ensure they are always aware of their surroundings while they are on duty.