TIGHT SPOT: Silvana Uzcategui, one of 11 women on the FDNY’s 52-member rescue-medic team, trains on a “trapped” dummy during an exercise on Randalls Island. November 27, 2006 — The city has created an elite squad of “combat” paramedics trained to reach and navigate the crevices of collapsed buildings, bridges, tunnels and roads to aid injured and trapped survivors, The Post has learned.
Fifty-two FDNY rescue medics will be ready to work alongside cops and firefighters deep in the rubble of any Big Apple disaster caused by a terrorist attack or natural catastrophe. They will administer medicine and fluids to victims who previously had to wait hours, or sometimes days, for treatment.
“Our Emergency Medical Service can now provide the most advanced prehospital care to patients fighting for their lives in the most perilous situations,” Chief of EMS John Peruggia said.
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