Report: EMS coverage in Ulster County experiences dramatic decline

According to county officials, Ulster County has experienced a decline in EMS coverage due to challenges in recruiting and retaining EMS practitioners.

News 12 Staff

Mar 28, 2024, 10:12 AM

Updated 18 days ago

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A newly released report has shed light on a concerning trend in Ulster County's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department.
According to county officials, Ulster County has experienced a decline in EMS coverage due to challenges in recruiting and retaining EMS practitioners.
The report, which gathered data from 43 EMS service providers in the county, including ambulance agencies and first response agencies, underscores the difficulties faced by Ulster County in maintaining adequate EMS services. While the report primarily focuses on Ulster County, it also highlights that these service challenges are part of a larger national crisis affecting EMS systems across the country.
In response to the findings, officials have proposed seven options to address the health care crisis, ranging from maintaining the status quo to implementing a countywide ALS "fly car" model.
For more details and to access the full EMS Services Delivery Report, click here.


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