Overlooked by Kansas City media, an important first responder policy shift was enacted before the current deadly outbreak suffered by the fire department.
Remember the money line that accompanied the now controversial dictate . . .
"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."
Take a peek at KCFD precautions that are now in question as first responders confront increasing danger.
Accordingly . . .
THE KCFD QUARANTINE POLICY CHANGE HAS BEEN DOWNPLAYED IN FAVOR OF SHAMING THE PUBLIC AND A FEW CORNFLAKES OVER MASK COMPLAINTS!!!
Look around on local streets and notice that KCMO is largely complaint with mask orders and most residents have taken advice to mask up.
Still, the Mayor emphasizes the mask mandate portion of his recent order whilst a more important debate over the curfew has been pushed into the background . . .
Similarly, check the mayor's scathing indictment of mask deniers:
"Our mask resisters and anti-maskers are are not only distasteful, they're exceedingly disrespectful, they're harmful to the people of this region."
Nevertheless, the mask protocol already in place didn't seem to protect fallen firefighters.
We've been reaching out for comment and so far we've heard back from a few first responders. Here's the most relevant statement . . .
"I think we need to look at the quarantine policy, sure. We also should examine the conditions of some of the older fire stations that don't have good ventilation or modern accommodations for emergency personnel. There's a lot we can do to keep front line workers safer. Masks are only one part of it."
To be fair, we understand that everyone wants the same thing in this discussion . . . To prevent loss of life and protect fire department workers.
Accordingly . . .
What our blog community has noticed is that the blame game has been shifted against social media keyboard warriors and some weirdo gym rat from Lee's Summit rather than looking at POLICY like the KCFD quarantine rules that might offer more protection for the front line.
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