American Ambulance Association president Shawn Baird warned that the coronavirus pandemic took the shortage of emergency medical services (EMS) workers to a “crisis level,” explaining that the problem threatens to undermine the country’s 911 system and needs urgent attention by Congress. “This has been a problem that has that been developing over several years because of chronic underfunding shortfalls from Congress for ambulance services, but certainly during the pandemic things have hit a crisis level,” Baird told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday.  “We’ve seen a tremendous amount of workforce attrition and schools had shut down paramedic training institutions and stopped graduating new students for the last year so we’re suddenly in a severe shortfall.”The American Ambulance Association sent a letter to House and Senate leadership saying the “nation’s EMS system is facing a crippling workforce shortage,” also explaining that it was “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,” the letter continued. Baird noted that the association has some solutions “to put forward to Congress” and members hope lawmakers “can take some action.”STAFF SHORTAGES STILL AFFECTING NEARLY 70% OF BUSINESSES WORLDWIDE According to the AAA/Avesta 2019 Ambulance Industry Employee Turnover Study, turnover for EMTs and paramedics was in the 20


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