Dozens of firehouses across New York City closed today as a vaccine mandate takes effect.
The New York Post reports at least 26 firehouses were shuttered because of staffing shortages.
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Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) said five companies closed in her district and she laid the blame on Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“If someone dies due to a slower emergency response, it’s on Bill de Blasio and his overreaching mandates. I hope this fool fixes it ASAP!” she tweeted. Some residents rallied outside of the Ladder Company 149 in Dyker Heights to support the firefighters.
New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro blamed the shortages on disgruntled workers who refuse to get the China virus vaccine.
“Irresponsible bogus sick leave by some of our members is creating a danger for New Yorkers and their fellow Firefighters,” Nigro said. “They need to return to work or risk the consequences of their actions.”
The fire department is bracing for as much as 20 percent of their work force to call out sick.
WATCH: Dozens of FDNY firehouses likely to close today as NYC’s vaccine mandate takes effect, says fire union President.— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) November 1, 2021