Rising costs and worsening pandemic numbers spark a change in Kansas City policy that threatens workers and the public.
As always and with thanks, TKC TIPSTERS get the first word . . .
"KCFD orders all exposed quarantined personnel back to full duty . . . Basically they are tired of paying OT, and going to herd immunity."
To wit . . .
KCFD CANCELS ITS COVID-19 QUARANTINE WITH PERMISSION FROM DR. REX!!!
There are a lot of implications for this move but going into cold & flu season this info contradicts precautions given by other health officials and also serves to expose the very real threat the virus poses on the front line.
Here's the money line . .
"Due to a potential staffing crisis that would negatively impact citizen and worker safety, KCFD, Local 42, Local 3808, along with the KCMO Health Department have agreed to discontinue quarantining front-line personnel potentially exposed to COVID-19 on duty effective 11.06.20."
There are half measures in place regarding mask wearing and "isolation" rather than quarantine.
From what we can tell it . . . It seems like rank & file fire fighters are skeptical of this move and we can't blame them for doubting continued contradictions from KCMO leadership.
UPDATE!!! MORE INTERCEPTED KCFD EMERGENCY DOX!!!
More info here from KICK-ASS TKC READERS . . .
Again, with thanks we offer 1st word . . .
"Here is the letter from Dupin to the members of Local 42. Looks like he doesn't care about the membership or the public and a lot of local 42 members are pissed and worried . . . Maybe a vote of no confidence coming soon."
"There are currently 237 members in quarantine, or positive with COVID-19; with an additional 75 on Modified Duty, and 22 on I-time. These numbers account for nearly 20 percent of the KCFD. Local 42, Local 3808. The KC Health Department and Fire Administration have agreed to a plan requiring those members of the department that are critical to emergency response and that have been exposed to COVID-19 that have been placed in quarantine to report to active duty as long as they are asymptomatic. The guidelines and recommendations are outlined in the attached plan and personnel are being notified of their Duty Status. The plan was in development today and was finalized this evening.
"This plan was in was in accordance with recommendations from the Kansas City Health Department, utilizing recommendations from the IAFF Health and Safety Department Guidelines for COVID-19 Response and CDC Guidelines for Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders.
"It is our hope and duty to keep the membership as safe as possible while maintaining our mission to the citizens of Kansas City. I know that this pandemic has placed tremendous stress on the system and our resolve. I am proud of this membership and want to personally thank you for your service and appreciate the stress that this places on all of you and your families. We are doing our best to address these issues and will continue to monitor the situation.
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