The overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not spared EMS. Quite the opposite—EMS and Fire departments continue to deal with grueling challenges since Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 exploded into the public sphere in early 2020.
While the health impact of COVID-19 has been destructive in many communities across the globe, the economic impact has hit EMS especially hard as well. Per an ongoing survey administered by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Fire and EMS agencies increased spending nearly 30% on COVID-related expenses.
And increased spending is just the beginning.