40% of Union Ambulance Staff Have Covid Symptoms, FEMA to Help
With nearly half of its staff out due to Covid-19, the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad is getting assistance from the federal government.
Two ambulances are being provided under a Federal Emergency Management Agency program to respond to UVES calls.
According to the squad, more than 40% of its staff became symptomatic over the last few days.
UVES requested help from FEMA ambulance teams to support crews who aren't sick.
Raymond Serowik, Broome County emergency medical services coordinator, said the FEMA paramedics will be used to cover the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shifts.
People may see a different-looking ambulance from out-of-town when they call for assistance.
Serowik said two ambulances from a Texas-based company were used in Broome County last week as part of the FEMA program.
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