Blizzard Response Fallout Begins in NYC
THE CHIEF OF EMS SERVICES in New York City was demoted last night (Wednesday) following the department’s unsatisfactory performance during the snowstorm last week. John Peruggia, who headed the EMS division of the FDNY for six years, is being replaced by the assistant chief of EMS, Abdo Nahmdd who has been on the department for 25 years. Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano made the announcement last night.
The New York Times reports:
The announcement that the chief, John Peruggia, was being demoted made him the first person to be reassigned in the wake of criticism over the way the city’s E.M.S. and sanitation workers performed during the blizzard. Several neighborhoods were left buried in snow for days after a tepid emergency response, and the city’s 911 dispatchers were forced to struggle with tens of thousands of calls from snowbound residents. As of Wednesday, ambulance delays related to the snow were seen as possible factors in at least three deaths.
Chief Peruggia, who served as the head of E.M.S. Command for six years, was succeeded by Abdo Nahmod, a 25-year veteran of the department who most recently was a deputy assistant chief overseeing emergency medical dispatch, Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said in a statement released Wednesday evening. Mr. Cassano said Mr. Peruggia would be moved to a role “to be determined” within the Fire Department.
Peruggia’s demotion came swiftly in part because of an investigation by the city’s Conflict of Interest Board looking into his accepting a trip with a vendor who sells the city its defibrillators and oximeters.
Chief Abdo Nahmod