NYC vaccine mandate: FDNY ‘sickout’ forces closure of several firehouses

Several firefighters in New York City were reportedly out of service Friday because a large number of firefighters were sick.

The emergencies were potentially related to firefighters protesting the city’s vaccine mandate for municipal workers, which took effect Friday. At least 10 businesses had to be shut down due to understaffing, WABC-TV reported in New York.

FDNY has not closed any firehouses, according to PIX-TV in New York.

City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the situation “unacceptable.”

“The excessive sick leave of a group of our firefighters because of their anger over the vaccine mandate for all city employees is unacceptable, contrary to their oath to serve, and could endanger New Yorkers’ lives,” he said in a statement. “Despite these actions by some, the department will continue to respond to any calls for help that come our way.”

The problem could continue Monday as unvaccinated workers will be put on leave, according to FOX 5 in New York.

Trade union rejection

But the unions Uniformed Firefighters Association and Uniformed Fire Officers Association refused to sanction a “sickout”.


UFOA President Jim McCarthy said the union does not “approve any job action, nor do we inform anyone about doing a job action.”

UFA President Andrew Ansbro claimed that the department gave employees a few days off to recover from side effects after their vaccinations.

Protesters gathered outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor's residence, Thursday morning to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccine mandate.  The mandate came into force on Friday.

Protesters gathered outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence, Thursday morning to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate. The mandate came into force on Friday.
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“As we have said from the beginning, the New York City Department is already in a staff crisis,” Ansbro said at a news conference, FOX 5 reported. members, is to ignore the fact that we can not even keep firehouses open today. New York City will come to a crisis Monday morning. “

The companies that were forced to close were in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, according to freelance reporters Ginger Adams Otis.

Six suspensions

Six FDNY employees were also suspended on Friday for allegedly driving a fire truck to the office of a state senator Zellnor Myrie and protesting the mandate, claiming the city wanted “blood on its hands”, according to FOX 5.

Protesters also reportedly said they would not respond to a fire if it was in Myrie’s home, according to WNBC-TV in New York.


Myrie spoke out against the protest, according to WABC.

“It is incredibly disturbing that those entrusted with keeping us safe would be vigilant and protest against a vaccine mandate that had nothing to do with what a state-elected official has jurisdiction over my staff, they are rattling, they are shaken by it, “he said. “And honestly, I’m sorry we have this conversation at all.”

Protesters also gathered outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence, Thursday morning to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandate.

On Friday, 77% of FDNY employees were vaccinated, according to WABC.

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