Breaking News

“Crippling Workforce Shortage” Undermines Ability of Ambulance Crews to Respond to Emergencies

Ambulance Stock Photo - Download Image Now - iStock

The American Ambulance Association (AAA) has warned that it is currently dealing with a “crippling workforce shortage” that threatens to undermine the ability of emergency medical services (EMS) to respond to emergencies.

The AAA is the leading trade association that represents employees in the ambulance service industry.

According to the AAA/Avesta 2019 Ambulance Industry Employee Turnover Study, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics have a 20 to 30 percent annual turnover rate. This effectively equates to a 100 percent turnover rate over four years. The AAA pointed out that this is incredibly unsustainable. The 2019 study involved 258 EMS organisations across the country.

The AAA conducted a further study in 2020. It found that nearly a third of all workers in EMS left their jobs after less than a year. Around 11 percent of workers left within the first three months on the job.

The survey noted: “The voluntary turnover rates should remain an area of concern. Since EMTs and paramedics are on the front lines, delivering healthcare services to clients and patients, the high rate of voluntary turnover for these jobs is a critical issue, as is the high rate of overall turnover. This is especially true of part-time EMTs and paramedics.”

AAA Vice President of Rural Services and President-elect Shawn Baird said: “I have not heard of any state that feels like they’re not in a bit of a crisis mode for first responders, paramedics in particular.”

In an interview, Baird said that the EMS industry already suffered from a difficult staffing problem due to a lack of funding. Ongoing pressures brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic made the situation even worse.

“This is a problem that’s been developing over several years because of chronic underfunding shortfalls from Congress for ambulance services, but certainly during the pandemic things have hit a crisis level,” said Baird.

“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of workforce attrition and schools had shut down paramedic training institutions and stopped graduating new students for the last year so we’re suddenly in a severe shortfall.”

The Covid-19 vaccine mandates have made the situation worse for the EMS industry, with many unvaccinated EMTs being forced to choose between unemployment and taking the experimental and deadly vaccines.

In New York City, hundreds of city workers, including ambulance workers, remain unvaccinated and will likely be fired within the next few days.

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) warned that the city could see potentially 20 percent fewer ambulances on the road by November 1st.

“The Department must manage the unfortunate fact that a portion of our workforce has refused to comply with a vaccine mandate for all city employees,” said FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “We will use all means at our disposal, including mandatory overtime, mutual aid from other EMS providers and significant changes to the schedules of our members.”

The latest data from the FDNY indicates that around 32 percent of the department’s employees, including firefighters, EMS, and civilians, remain unvaccinated. This represents around 5,000 individual workers. Such an attrition rate due to a vaccine mandate would cripple the city’s ability to respond to fire and health-related emergencies.

Other states in the US are feeling the pressure of staffing shortages, such as in Maine, where shortages have already made working as an emergency responder stressful due to the miles each ambulance has to cover. The labour shortage is so dire that it has become common in recent years for EMTs to work for multiple departments.

Town managers in rural Maine warned that the state’s decision to mandate the Covid vaccines for healthcare workers threatened the ability of some EMS departments to function.

In Waldoboro, a small rural town on Maine’s coast, Town Manager Julie Keizer is stressed because her town’s small ambulance service has already lost one EMS worker to the vaccine mandate. She may lose two more workers.

“We’re a 24-hour service,” said Keizer. “If I lose three people who were putting in 40 hours or over, that’s 120 hours I can’t cover… We already have a stressed system.”

The Exposé is now censored by
Google, Facebook, Twitter & PayPal

So we need your help to ensure
we can continue to bring you the

facts the mainstream refuse to…

We’re not funded by the Government
to publish lies and propaganda on their

behalf like the mainstream media.
Instead we rely solely on your support, so
please support us in our efforts to bring you
honest, reliable, investigative journalism.
It’s quick and easy…

Please choose your preferred
method to show your support

Send Monero

The Expose Monero Wallet Address –

Embalmers Find Veins & Arteries Filled with “Never Before Seen” Rubbery Clots
Board-certified funeral director and embalmer, Richard Hirschman has made a startling discovery …
Fully Vaccinated Olympic Gold Medalist “Dies of Covid”, Reports Mainstream Media
Sky News was revealed to be meddling with the truth about Olympic …
Prof. Werner Bergholz: Dangerous Chemicals and Nanotubes Found In Covid Test Swabs
Parents, please read so you are armed with additional information to enable …
German Health Minister says Tyrannical Covid-19 Restrictions for Unvaccinated were based on “Software Error”
After terrorising the unvaccinated for months, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach is …
VAIDS – Every 1% fall in Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness is the result of a 0.5-1% fall in your Immune System capability
Official data from around the world does not only show that the …
Covid-19 Vaccines are projected to cause 62.3 Million Cardiovascular Deaths in 2022 Worldwide
An investigation of currents trends has revealed that the Covid-19 vaccines are …
Canadian Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Now Negatively Impacting Pig and Feed Shipments
Canada and the United States' new vaccine mandates are creating a shortage …
50,000 Strong Trucker Convoy Travels to Ottawa, Canada, Demanding End to Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates
A convoy of truckers is travelling across Canada towards Ottawa in protest …
Hidden Alliance of former WEF Young Global Leaders working in Lockstep to enforce the Great Reset include Macron, Trudeau, Ardern, & Boris Johnson
How is it that more than 190 governments from all over the …
Share this page to Telegram
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
2 months ago

Oh wouldn’t it be perhaps WISE to disregard illegal, unconstitutional, and ridiculous “laws”??

How about municipalities start exercising the constitution instead of running headlong into despotism?!

Reply to  stienster
2 months ago

Good luck with that. How do you ‘disregard’ the law when the cop has his fist in your face? And if it ain’t that, then it will be a slime lawyer threatening you by post.

2 months ago

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko exposed Google executives that are taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin prophylactically. They are not taking the vaccine! These drugs are all on the World Health Organization’s “Model List of Essential Medicines” website. Unfortunately doctors are shamed, black mailed by certain individuals and even SUSPENDED by administration in order not to prescribe these medicines.
Get your Ivermectin while you still can!

Last edited 2 months ago by FedUpWithBS
2 months ago

[…] November 2, 2021“Crippling Workforce Shortage” Undermines Ability of Ambulance Crews to Respond to Emergencies […]

2 months ago

It’s all part of the ‘health crisis’ – to make you get the poison jab – to make the scum that own you even more money.

2 months ago

[…] November 2, 2021“Crippling Workforce Shortage” Undermines Ability of Ambulance Crews to Respond to Emergencies […]