News Brief 1/6/2011, Shevat 1, 5771
NYC EMS Chief Fired
The man who ran the New York Emergency Medical Services for six years, John Peruggia, is to be fired, city officials said Wednesday night. Peruggia has been accused of bungling the city's emergency response to the major snowstorm several weeks ago, the fifth largest in the city's history. During the storm, thousands of calls to EMS dispatchers were backlogged, to the extent that Mayor Michael Bloomberg told residents not to dial the 911 emergency services number unless it was a “matter of life or death.”
"Despite Chief Peruggia's dedicated service to this Department, I felt new leadership was needed at this time," Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said in a press conference.