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City’s Missed Opportunity Looms Over EMS Talks

Posted 2/13/20

When Emergency Medical Service Local 2507 of District Council 37 begins contract bargaining with the de Blasio administration Feb. 18, its strongest argument for a raise well in excess of the established pattern will be the testimony three weeks earlier by Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore that there are ambulance-crew shortages whenever a promotion list for Firefighter depletes her ranks.

She told a City Council hearing that over a four-year period once the promotion list is established, EMS loses 1,200 Emergency Medical Technicians to the Firefighter ranks. You only have to do the math to understand why: top salary for EMTs is currently $50,604, while maximum pay for Firefighters is $85,292.

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