LA firefighter under investigation for ‘wiping his ass with vaccine mandate letter’

A Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) member is under investigation for allegedly dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with a compliance letter he received for failing to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate.

The LAFD member was accused of the act by Los Angeles City Stentorians, a group representing black firefighters.

A spokesman for the department confirmed on Wednesday that the firefighter “reacted inappropriately” to receiving the letter.

The alleged incident took place on Nov. 18, a LAFD spokesman said.

“The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action upon learning of this incident,” said Cheryl Getuiza, who declined to provide further details.

A Los Angeles Fire Department member is in hot water for allegedly wiping his buttocks in public with a letter of non-compliance for the city’s vaccination mandate

A spokesperson for the department confirmed on Wednesday that the firefighter

A spokesperson for the department confirmed on Wednesday that the firefighter “reacted inappropriately” to receiving the letter

The alleged incident took place on Nov. 18, a LAFD spokesperson said

The alleged incident took place on Nov. 18, a LAFD spokesperson said

The LAFD member concerned is currently on paid administrative leave.

The Stentorians claim that a LAFD captain and chief officer saw the incident, which took place at fire station 69 in Pacific Palisades.

“The LA City Stentorians are sick and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism,” the Stentorians said in a statement. “To date, we have not heard anyone from the LAFD administration condemning this act of blatant disrespect and intimidation.”

The Stentorians demanded Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City Council and the Fire Department “take prompt and immediate action to prevent any city employee from feeling entitled and not encouraged but empowered to behave in such an embarrassing and threatening manner.”

They added that the act was a “cancellable” felony.

LAFD chief Ralph Terrazas has faced calls to remove selected members

LAFD chief Ralph Terrazas has faced calls to remove selected members

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's spokesman said they expect the fire service to deal with the matter

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s spokesman said they expect the fire service to deal with the matter

“Regardless of how our members respond, all city employees must abide by city ordinances — either apply for an exemption, get vaccinated, or be fired,” said Getuiza.

A Garcetti spokesperson said on Wednesday that the “mayor expects the fire service leadership to settle this matter definitively and make it clear that these horrific actions will not deter enforcement of the rules we have put in place to save lives.”

The chairman of the fire committee expressed his disgust.

“I’m really appalled at such an act by a LAFD firefighter,” said Jimmie Woods-Gray. She added that “strong corrective action is necessary.”

City employees who have yet to be vaccinated or wish to apply for an exemption must sign notices instructing them to provide proof of vaccination by December 18.

Employees who refuse will receive unpaid leave.

A group called Firefighters 4 Freedom is suing the city over vaccine rules, while some worker groups want LAFD chief Ralph Terrazas removed amid allegations the department does not engage in harassment and bullying, particularly of female firefighters.

A recent survey found that an overwhelming number of LAFD members do not trust their leaders, while many in the department are frustrated at perceived inconsistencies in the way top discipline members swore in.

Vaccination mandates have been a controversial topic across the country.

Even as vaccinations continue across the country, vaccine mandates remain a controversial issue

Even as vaccinations continue across the country, vaccine mandates remain a controversial issue

As booster shots have been approved by government agencies, vaccinations have risen again

As booster shots have been approved by government agencies, vaccinations have risen again

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suspended enforcement of its order requiring Covid-19 vaccines for private companies after a federal court blocked the measure.

OSHA announced Wednesday it was halting all enforcement of the emergency measure, which ordered companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing, or a maximum of $136,532 in fines, $13,653 per violation.

“While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the lawsuit,” the OSHA website said.

The rule will affect 84 million workers, and employers could face fines for “deliberate violations.”

The announcement came after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a suspension of a ruling ordering OSHA to “take no steps to execute or enforce the emergency order” until further injunction.

The mandate would come into effect on January 4, 2022.

Biden has ordered companies with 100 or more employees to demand vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing, or face a maximum of $136,532 in fines, $13,653 per violation

Biden has ordered companies with 100 or more employees to demand vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing, or face a maximum of $136,532 in fines, $13,653 per violation

The DOJ pledged to

Biden's order requires companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccination

Vaccination mandates are highly controversial in the US

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