In preparation for EMS Week 2019 that starts Sunday May 19th, The Fire Department of New York City unveiled their annual EMS Week poster. In keeping with this year’s national theme, Beyond the Call, the FDNY portrayed EMTs… on a call. 🤔
The poster features FDNY EMT Ellis Olive, a 35-year-veteran of EMS, and FDNY EMT Mary Vanicky, a 31-year veteran of EMS treating an injured child in a playground.
Compared to the dramatic rescue recreation of the EMS Week 2017 poster or the EMS Week 2012 Dark Medic poster, this year’s is much more plain and straightforward. At least it still isn’t as bad as that EMS Week 2014 Photoshop Gradient Horror Show.
What is actually more impressive than the photo or it’s graphic design is they featured two 30+ year veteran EMTs to be displayed citywide on the LinkNYC kiosks. While this illustrates that longevity can happen in the department, it really doesn’t do anything for the whole “the work is different” reasoning to pay EMTs and Paramedics who are doing 85% of the work for the department such sub-par salaries (compared to firefighters) that they need to continue riding an ambulance into their fifties and sixties.