First responder organizations have faced serious personnel shortages as a result of COVID-19 and must determine how best to ensure that shifts are covered and communities receive essential services.
- Post-exposure quarantine requirements prevent even healthy personnel from working for weeks at a time
- Many departments rely on volunteers
- Many departments also rely on those who are themselves (or have family members who are) at higher risk of severe illness
- Shortages increase demands on those who remain able to work