NYC Firetruck Availability Down to 55 Percent, Manpower Shortages Due to Vaccine Mandate: NY Firefighters

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Two NYC firefighters gave The Epoch Times an update connected the contiguous concern of the FDNY nether the information of anonymity for fearfulness of retaliation.

Most alarming was an interior papers indicating that connected Nov. 3, determination were lone 55 percent of firetrucks available. The mean number, according to him, should beryllium astir 90 percent.

Epoch Times Photo A representation of an interior papers showing the availability of occurrence trucks successful New York City. (Provided to The Epoch Times)

“ENG” abbreviated for engine, represents the firetrucks that person a h2o hose. “LAD,” abbreviated for ladder, represents the trucks that person a ladder.

“My motor has astir 25 guys, and of that, fractional of the guys went home,” said the firefighter, who present has little than 30 days earlier termination.

Epoch Times Photo A screenshot of the NYC Fire Wire App showing the fires that took spot successful New York City connected Nov. 2. (NYC Fire Wire App)

On Wednesday, determination were 4 fires that went supra 3rd alarm successful the city, according to the 2 firemen that the Epoch Times interviewed and the NYC Fire Wire app that gives alerts and updates connected the fires successful the city.

Every consequent alarm means that a occurrence is getting bigger oregon it’s persisting to the constituent that members connected the country request replacement. Two of the fires went up to 4th alarm and 1 of them went to 5th alarm.

“It’s precise unusual. It doesn’t hap often,” the firefighter said, showing the Fire Wire app.

Most of the firemen privation to support moving for the FDNY, but are not allowed.

“A batch of guys are looking for a broadside job, immoderate guys are looking to retire, not by will, but due to the fact that they consciousness similar they’ve been forced.

“They privation to work. My institution is retired of work contiguous arsenic we speak,” helium continued.

“A batch of guys person to amusement up each circuit and accidental ‘we’re present acceptable to spell and you guys sent america home.’ They’re not allowed wrong the firehouse building,” the firefighter said.

He noted that helium did a batch of probe connected his ain astir COVID-19 vaccines and feels that they haven’t been thoroughly tested.

“I perceive to doctors. I personally don’t privation to instrumentality an experimental vaccine. I already had COVID and I person the earthy immunity. I besides was tested for the antibodies arsenic well. So my earthy immunity is working. I got sick astatine slightest doubly from past twelvemonth till present and I person recovered 100 percent each clip by myself without immoderate vaccines,” helium said.

Another fireman told The Epoch Times connected Wednesday day that “there were 3 aggregate alarms contiguous successful the city.”

“That doesn’t usually happen. That’s a nonstop effect of manpower shortages. So a 3rd alarm, 4th alarm, a 5th alarm, each successful 12 hours. That’s a nonstop effect of manpower shortages. And the manpower shortages are a nonstop effect of de Blasio’s mandate, there’s nary going astir it. Those fires don’t spell much than a country oregon a mattress oregon thing different [than] a tiny fire, but present they’re [going through] full floors of buildings.”

Some of the comments successful the app blamed de Blasio’s mandates for the fire, with others asked for civility.

Last Friday, Uniformed Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro predicted that dozens of Firehouses could adjacent owed to the mandates.

“According to the city, determination are nary firehouses is closed, but they’ll permission 1 subordinate successful the firehouse answering the phones, answering the doorway if idiosyncratic knocks, and that counts arsenic a firehouse being open. The companies are closed massively passim the city. Thirty to 50 companies each tour, which is simply a immense number. Around the 4th alarm successful Brooklyn contiguous determination were 2 engines closed successful the archetypal effect ticket, determination was 1 motortruck closed and determination were aggregate engines understaffed,” the fireman said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote connected Twitter connected Monday that nary firehouses person been closed and that effect times were normal.

He precocious imposed a vaccine mandate connected each metropolis workers, with nary investigating opt-out.

The firemen were fixed until Monday to get the vaccine oregon beryllium sent location connected unpaid leave.

The FDNY had already been abbreviated of unit since the pandemic began.

About a week ago, according to the Fire Department Union leaders, astir 30 to 35 percent hadn’t taken the vaccine, mostly citing earthy immunity and spiritual objections.

In a property league connected Thursday, they updated the number: 20 percent inactive haven’t taken it.

But astir 100 firefighters per time are present taking the vaccine, a regular 1 percent increase.

Another update from the league was that the metropolis yet answered the Union’s demands astatine 7 p.m. connected Thursday, giving them 1 day—which the leaders said is an unreasonable magnitude of time—to record their spiritual exemption and aesculapian exemption applications, different they volition beryllium sent location unpaid.

The Union practice said that they thought that the unusually high, aggregate alarms were a effect of the acold season, and not related to de Blasio’s mandates. They besides said that for a firehouse to beryllium counted arsenic open, astatine slightest 4 oregon 5 firemen request to beryllium present.

Enrico Trigoso


Enrico Trigoso is an Epoch Times newsman focusing connected the NYC area.

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