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FDNY 10 House engine, August 19, 2017

Twenty-six fire stations were shut down across the city of New York at 7:30 am Saturday due to staffing shortages caused by the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to the New York Post.

Five of the companies are on Staten Island, according to GOP Congress member Nicole Malliotakis, who warned the previous day that if Mayor Bill de Blasio “chooses to lock firefighters, police officers & other first responders, New Yorkers will feel the impact & be less safe.” She warned that any harm that came to city residents due to a slower emergency response would be on the mayor’s hands.

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Shut down fire stations included one in Crown Heights, another in Brownsville, one in Long Island City and one in Lower Manhattan, in addition to the five on Staten Island and others.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.