For decades, independent EMS departments, and individual EMS workers and volunteers, have played a huge role in protecting our cities and towns, ensuring proper and effective emergency response in response to all sorts of events. We cannot thank them enough; they have been instrumental in responding to the broad spectrum of acute medical and nonmedical issues faced by individuals in our communities.
Their hard work has come at a price, though. Both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues straining EMS services continue to put more pressure on the workers and systems we rely on. No two parts of Connecticut rely on the same model of EMS services, but all of Connecticut relies on EMS services — and without addressing growing strain on workers, our state could struggle, both in the short- and long-term.