NYC Firefighters Union Tells Members To Defy Vaccine Mandate; 40% of firehouses in NYC Could Close Over Vax Requirements

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(TVJNEWS) On Wednesday, the head of the New York City firefighters union said that he told unvaccinated members to report for duty regardless of an order from Mayor Bill de Blasio threatening to place them on unpaid leave if they refuse to take the jab, according to Reuters.

I have told my members that if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty,” said Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “If they are told they cannot work, it will be the department and city of New York that sends them home. And it will be the department and the city of New York that has failed to protect the citizens of New York,” he added.

According to Ansbro, firefighters who have put their lives on the line during the pandemic feel “insulted” by de Blasio’s order, and New Yorkers will be the ones to suffer if the mayor carries out his threat.

“Fires are going to burn longer. Heart attack victims are going to be laying on the floor longer,” Ansbro told Fox News Radio.
“People in stuck elevators are going to be stuck there for hours if not days.”

Ansbro also predicted that 30 to 40% of firehouses in NYC will be closed down if the mandate remains, as up to 45% of the workforce remains unvaccinated.

“On Friday, when they’re tallying the numbers of who complied and who didn’t, they’re going to be faced with a stark reality that they’re going to have to close firehouses down,” he said, adding “The mayor is going to be faced with either sending us home or sticking to his guns,” Ansbro continued, adding “And his guns are going to get New York City residents killed.”

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