FDNY union boss again warns of slowed response times as vax mandate goes into effect

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  12 comments

By:   By Reuven Fenton and Sam Raskin

FDNY union boss again warns of slowed response times as vax mandate goes into effect
“We’re not clear what the numbers are. We’re not entirely clear how many fire companies will be closed today. We’re expecting dozens. We’re hoping fire coverage isn’t impinged upon, but it’s very hard to say at this time.”

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FDNY union officials are bracing for “dozens” of fire companies to shutter and slower response times Monday as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s  COVID-19 vaccine mandate  for city workers  officially goes into effect , they said at an early morning press conference.

“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” Uniformed Firefighters Association’s Andrew Ansbro told reporters at a 6 a.m. briefing outside Engine Co. 26 in Midtown.

“We’re not clear what the numbers are. We’re not entirely clear how many fire companies will be closed today. We’re expecting dozens. We’re hoping fire coverage isn’t impinged upon, but it’s very hard to say at this time.”  

The union boss warned of grueling hours ahead for smoke eaters currently on duty — and slowed emergency responses.

“Every time any single company is out of service, the response time in that area is affected,” he explained. “If this company was out of service and one of you were to drop of a heart attack right now, if they were in service, they’d be here in a minute. If they were out of service, another firehouse in the area has to get here. Your response time to your heart attack is affected by this company being out of service. Our system is a web where we’re constantly picking up slack for other companies, based on their responses.”

Ansbro said he expected his firefighters to be “looking at an 80-hour workweek.”

As to specifically how many unvaccinated firefighters would be placed on unpaid leave Monday, Ansbro replied, “The truth is, we don’t know the answer.

“The department doesn’t share that number with us. But also, I’m quite certain the department does not know that number.”

The staffing uncertainty comes as 80 percent of FDNY’s workforce has received at least one shot, as well as 87 percent of medics, as of 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the latest data provided by City Hall.

Those figures represent significant jumps from the rates before de Blasio announced the requirement on Oct. 20, forcing most government employees to get at least one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine or be placed on unpaid leave come Monday.

The day before the mandate was issued, just 60 percent of all FDNY employees and 61 percent of EMS had gotten a shot, city data shows. The vaccination rate among firefighters now stands at 75 percent — up from 58 percent 13 days ago.

Additionally, 84 percent of the NYPD has at least started their vaccine series as of Sunday evening — a 14 percent increase since de Blasio’s announcement — and 82 percent of sanitation workers are now vaxxed.

On Saturday, 26 fire companies across the five boroughs  were shuttered  due to worker shortages.

Ansbro on Sunday  blamed reduced staffing levels on side effects  from his members getting COVID-19 shots all “at once” — as he denied them staging an intentional sickout over the mandate.

“If you’re exhibiting symptoms of the shot — I had them after I had my shot — you really should not be putting on your bunker gear and fighting fires,”  Ansbro said. “You know, a hard deadline like that — that’s what did this.”

De Blasio last week  insisted city services would “move forward”  without significant reductions and vowed not to push back the vaccination deadline.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

Well, It's been a busy morning for the New York Post.

New York City was once a Great city. Now it is reeling under the leadership of a radical leftist. There may not be any going back.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago
New York City was once a Great city.

Was being the operative word.  Now just another shit hole city not deserving of a damn thing.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1    one month ago

I don't know if I'd go that far.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2  MrFrost    one month ago

Radical rightists that can't/wont play by the rules. Fire them and hire new ones. Lots of people looking for work. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1  Texan1211  replied to  MrFrost @2    one month ago
Radical rightists that can't/wont play by the rules. Fire them and hire new ones. Lots of people looking for work. 

That is highly entertaining!

Like unions are run by "rightists" and contribute to them politically!

Hilarious!

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2.1.1  MrFrost  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1    one month ago

Follow the rules or find another job. It's really not that complex of a concept. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  MrFrost @2.1.1    one month ago
It's really not that complex of a concept. 

Did anyone say it was?

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.3  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @2.1.1    one month ago

the NY legislature should use the republican playbook and find a legal loophole to fuck all these public employees out of any and all post employment benefits before giving them the axe.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @2.1.3    one month ago
the NY legislature should use the republican playbook and find a legal loophole to fuck all these public employees out of any and all post employment benefits before giving them the axe.

No, we'll leave that screwing of working men and women to the Democrats, they seem to be experts at  screwing workers.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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3  MrFrost    one month ago

I wonder how many of them have never been vaccinated against polio, mumps, smallpox, etc? Did they refuse those too? My guess is they didn't. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @3    one month ago

... that was way before a 250 pound bag of shit fascist icon masqueraded as leader of the free world.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  devangelical @3.1    one month ago
... that was way before a 250 pound bag of shit fascist icon masqueraded as leader of the free world.

Just say "Lets Go Brandon" and we'll all know who you mean.

 
 
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