The tragic death in March of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo — mowed down by a crazed manwho jumped into her ambulance — highlighted the dangers that first responders face daily.
This is National EMS Week, a time when we recognize the important work that Emergency Medical Service members like Yadira do in our communities.
They are there 24/7, whenever you need them, despite the risks.
Being a first responder is a dangerous job. EMS providers are three times more likely to be injured in the line of duty than the average U.S. worker.
Most pre-hospital provider injuries are sprains from the physical effort of moving patients and attending to motor vehicle accidents.
But Department of Labor data from 2003 to 2007 show a notable number of injuries and fatalities occur as a result of assault.