More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters suspended without pay over vaccine mandate

More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters suspended without pay over vaccine mandate

December 7, 2021

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A total of 113 Los Angeles firefighters have been placed on leave without pay for refusing to comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to local reports.

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The policy requires all city employees to get vaccinated by Dec. 18, or submit negative test results twice weekly at their own expense, ABC7 reported. If a requested exemption is approved, then the employee must undergo a weekly test at the city’s expense.

Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas speaks during the LAFD Recruit Academy Class 2021-1 Graduation Ceremony at LAFD Valley Recruit Training Academy 81 in Panorama City, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
(Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

The fire department sent 222 notices to staffers, who had not submitted their vaccination status or applied for an exemption, warning of the suspension without pay.

As of Monday, 113 firefighters had not complied and were removed from duty for the alleged breach. 

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundations annual Valor Awards at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
(Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Firefighters who continue to resist the vaccine mandate “will be entered into the process for termination of their employment,” LA Fire Department spokesman Cheryl Getuiza told the local station.

The news comes a few weeks after the department announced that an LA firefighter is under investigation for allegedly taking his vaccine noncompliance letter and wiping his buttocks with it before discarding it on the ground.

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