NAEMSP Supports Equal Pay for First Responders
January 28, 2019
The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) recognizes that EMTs and paramedics are doing critical work for substantially less compensation than other first responders. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent comments reflects he understands this as well. While we do not offer specific guidance on compensation for our members nor the EMS community with whom we serve, NAEMSP® believes the EMTs and paramedics who provide life-saving care on a daily basis should be paid fairly and impartially with respect to fire and law enforcement colleagues. We appreciate that Mayor de Blasio is willing to continue to speak with ours and other organizations about equitable pay for all first responders. These heroes regularly perform in dangerous situations and risk their lives to help others, and when pay scales are based upon the threats faced by providers and value imparted to the community, these public servants’ contributions should be equally recognized.