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City reverses travel ban on Search & Rescue team after call from Congresswoman
August 29, 2021
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
The City of Gainesville today reversed a policy that prohibits unvaccinated employees from traveling outside the county after Congresswoman Kat Cammack intervened.
A social media post earlier today drew attention to the fact that the policy was prohibiting Gainesville Fire Rescue’s (GFR) Urban Search and Rescue team members from deploying to Louisiana with FLTF-8 to aid in recovery from Hurricane Ida. The same team was recently recognized for their work at the Surfside condominium collapse.
This afternoon, Congresswoman Kat Cammack made a phone call to the City, and the policy has now been reversed.
Nick Gonzalez, the President of IAFF Local 2157, said he had previously warned all of the City Commissioners about the possibility that their travel policy would prohibit GFR from aiding other communities in emergencies. Gonzalez said he was relieved that Congresswoman Cammack was able to get the policy reversed.
Gainesville City Manager Lee Feldman and Congresswoman Kat Cammack have not responded to our requests for more information.
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