Cincinnati (OH) Declares State of Emergency to Counter COVID-Related Firefighter Shortage

The City of Cincinnati Wednesday declared a state of emergency because COVID-19 has left the city fire department dangerously short-staffed.

At least 30 firefighters have tested positive for the disease, forcing the out on quarantine. That left the city more than 50 people short of its minimum staffing level of 193 firefighters.

The declaration allows the city to force firefighters to work overtime and revoke holiday leave to bring staffing up to acceptable levels.

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