Maine Firefighters Union Suffers Minimal Vaccine Mandate Losses

While the pandemic has put outsized stress on first responders and other frontline health care workers across the state, the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine (PFFM) said that only 9 of their 1,400 (0.6%) members have quit over the COVID vaccine mandate, which went into effect on October 29. 

The PFFM represents active and retired firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, communication operators, inspectors, training officers and other fire department personnel in 35 IAFF Locals throughout the state of Maine. The union represents about 65% of in-state career firefighters.

When the COVID vaccine mandate was first announced, 128 members of the PFFM were yet to be vaccinated. But after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt to carve out a religious exemption to the mandate, many members decided to get vaccinated.

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