ATLANTIC CITY MAYOR MARTY SMALL EFFECTIVELY INTERVENES IN FIREFIGHTERS - STATE OF NEW JERSEY IMPASSE

We have both bad news and good news regarding the Atlantic City Professional Firefighters.

Last week we shared a few comprehensive reports as to the intense 2nd wave spike of COVID-19.

Here’s what we’ve learned and confirmed.

First the bad news.

The latest COVID-19 outbreak has been the worst to date for the Atlantic City Professional Firefighters.

Presently, they have 12 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. I have also confirmed that 11 of 12 are still in quarantine.

Approximately 38 members have been directly exposed.

Additionally, 11 family members have also contracted COVID-19.

That’s the bad news.

Now, for the good news.

I have learned and confirmed that Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small has intervened. His direct involvement has been highly productive.

Small has achieved movement between both involved parties, the state and Atlantic City Professional Firefighters Local 198.

It appears likely that Small has helped move an impasse to a path towards a favorable resolution, which may be finalized by the end of this week or next week.

I have spoken directly with firefighters. They know that there is no perfect solution that can be implemented. They accept that there is no magic wand available to completely stop the spread of COVID-19.

However, they are reasonable and they do recognize and appreciate that a good faith, focused effort should bring the current impasse to a successful conclusion.

They want a responsible increase in safety protocols (to protect the firefighters) put in place and it looks like they’re going to get it.

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