DETROIT – Staffing shortages continue to leave Detroit EMS rigs off the streets.
On a normal day, 25 EMS rigs are out on the streets responding to calls for help. On Monday, 15 of those rigs were idled. That meant Detroit had to rely on outside ambulances to make runs.
Ruth Yaldoo needed an ambulance right away for her mother who is 94 years old. It was a serious emergency.
“She had a fall, a fluke, she tripped and fell,” Yaldoo said.
Yaldoo is concerned that her mother will need another ambulance and there will be a delay.
The Detroit Fire Department had to close down EMS units daily due to staffing issues.
Medics and EMTs with the Detroit Fire Department have quit, retired, or are injured and the department is short-staffed. So each day the department has to close multiple units around the city.
Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said overtime is offered to medics to cover extra shifts.
“However if the individual refused the overtime, we have to close that unit because we don’t run one-person ambulances,” Jones said.