Fire EMS, Leadership

EMS Response to the Explosion

Issue 12 and Volume 146.

EMS Response to the Explosion The detonation of the terrorists’ bomb under the World Trade Center (WTC) complex on February 26, 1993, created the largest technological disaster New York City had ever experienced. The bombing also initiated the most significant emergency medical service (EMS) response in the city’s history. (Photo by David Burns/Phototrends.) NYOEMS The New York City Emergency Medical Service (NYOEMS) is a thirdservice public safety and health care agency whose mission includes the provision of prehospital emergency medical care and transportation throughout the five boroughs. NYOEMS operates the 911 communications and control center responsible for coordinating the response of municipal, hospital-based, and mutual-aid resources to medical emergencies and is the municipal agency responsible for coordinating and directing prehospital care resources and operations during a disaster. Responding to more than 2,800 requests for service daily from 16 ambulance stations citywide, NYOEMS operates some 220 ambulances on the day shift.…

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