Emergency Response Radio Headaches

Emergency Response Radio Headaches


PREGNANT AND THE BABY SURVIVED. 22-YEAR-OLD ASHLEY WADE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STABBING HER PREGNANT FRIEND AND CUTTING THE BABY OUT OF THE WOMB. EMS TECHNICIANS SAY RADIO SERVICE ON THE SUBWAY IS INADEQUATE AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS. Reporter: CITY COPS ARE KNOWN AS THE FINEST AND THE FIREFIGHTERS THE BRAVEST, BUT SOME EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS SAID THEY SHOULD BE KNOWN AS THE WEAKEST BECAUSE THEIR RADIOS DON’T WORK IN THE SUBWAY, AND THEY SAID IT’S LIKE THE OLD COMMERCIAL, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? UNDER GROUND EMS COMMUNICATION IS HIT OR MISS. THERE’S SPOTS IN THE SUBWAY SYSTEM WHERE IT O, AND THERE’S LOTS AND LOTS MORE WHERE IT DOESN’T WORK, AND WHEN OUR MEMBERS ROLL IN, THEY DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE IN A GOOD SPOT OR BAD SPOT. Reporter: EMS RESPONDERS WERE A KEY PART OF THE ACTIVE SHOOTER TERROR DRILL WHERE THEY BRAG ABOUT EVERYTHING INCLUDING — BRAGGED ABOUT EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AGENCIES. WE PROVIDE EVERYTHING TAKING THE PERSON OUT OF HARM’S WAY. Reporter: THE BIG MULTIAGENCY EVENTS ARE USUALLY TOPNOTCH, BUT THEIR CONCERN ARE THE SMALL EVERYDAY EVENTS LIKE CALLS TO STOP THE TRAIN FOR SICK PASSENGERS. THAT HAPPENS AN AVERAGE OF 3,000 TIMES A MONTH, AN AVERAGE OF 36,000 TIMES A YEAR. IN THOSE CASES, ONE MEMBER HAS TO GO UP THE SUBWAY STAIRS TO THE SURFACE TO TRANSMIT INFORMATION OR HAS TO BE USED AS A RELAY TO REACH DISPATCH IF THE PERSON CANNOT REACH THE DISPATCHER FROM THE PATIENT’S SIDE. Reporter: THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN TESTING THE RADIOS OVER THE LAST YEAR AND FOUND THEY WORK 70% OF THE TIME THAT THE METROPOLITAN’S LOCATIONS. THEY REFUSED TO RELEASE INFORMATION WHERE THE RADIOS ARE WORKING. WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE RADIOS ARE GOING TO WORK, WHETHER IT’S A CARDIAC FOR ONE PERSON OR A BIG EMERGENCY.

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