5th Firefighter Staffing To Remain In All Group 2 Engines Citywide
The FDNY notified the UFA that they do NOT plan on removing the fifth man from all Group 2 Engines on Friday, July 6th, at 0900 hours.
We are being told that they will reevaluate the absentee rate in the near future. As of June 30th, 2018, the absentee rate was at 7.5053% and has been trending down. The constant removal and reinstatement of the fifth man endangers not only firefighters, but the residents of New York City.
Once again, this is a dangerous job. Injuries are unpredictable, and for the most part, unavoidable. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.