Emergency medical service suppliers throughout the U.S. are sounding the alarm that the shortage of medical staff has hit “crisis” ranges in lots of areas, warning Congress that the issue is attending to the purpose that it’s threatening the 911 system.

The American Ambulance Association despatched a letter to House and Senate management saying that the “nation’s EMS system is facing a crippling workforce shortage, a long-term problem that has been building for more than a decade.  It threatens to undermine our emergency 9-1-1 infrastructure and deserves urgent attention by the Congress.”

A affected person is unloaded from an ambulance, after Memphis Fire Chief Gina Sweat mentioned that emergency companies had been overwhelmed by numbers of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) sufferers and that wait instances needs to be anticipated, in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. August 13, 2021.  REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht
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“The magnitude has really blown up over the last few months,” American Ambulance Association President Shawn Baird instructed NBC News. “When you take a system that was already fragile and stretched it, because you didn’t have enough people entering the field, then you throw a public health emergency and all of the additional burdens that it put on our workforce as well as the labor shortages across the entire economy, and it really has put us in a crisis mode.”

“We’re not just facing a crisis, we’re in it,” Waldoboro, Maine, city supervisor Julie Keizer instructed News Center Maine. 

Houston Fire Department EMS medics load a Covid-positive patient into an ambulance on August 20, 2021 in Houston, Texas.. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Houston Fire Department EMS medics load a Covid-positive affected person into an ambulance on August 20, 2021 in Houston, Texas.. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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Keizer instructed the outlet that one of many main causes for the disaster in her city is the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for medical staff, which incorporates ambulance companies. “With the mandate coming in, our service is looking at losing three people, other services looking at losing people and that exacerbates the problem.”

“I think part of the problem is everybody thought they (workers) would conform, because nobody wants to lose their jobs,” she continued. “But when you look at the rate of pay for emergency workers, they can make more delivering packages than patients.”

Members of Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services load a patient experiencing a suspected COVID-19 emergency into an ambulance outside the patient's home on September 13, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

Members of Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services load a affected person experiencing a suspected COVID-19 emergency into an ambulance exterior the affected person’s dwelling on September 13, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

Deborah Clapp, government director of Western Mass Medical Services in Massachusetts, additionally pointed to low wages and burnout of overworked skeleton crews as a driving drive behind of us leaving ambulatory companies.

“What happens if there’s a disaster of some sort? And a disaster doesn’t need to be very big in western Massachusetts,” she instructed FOX 6. “We need all these logistics to be able to step in to place and handle these events and meanwhile, 9-1-1 is still being called for the heart attack, the baby being born, the car crash…We have one trauma center in western Massachusetts. One level one trauma center.”