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Personnel Shortages Due to COVID-19


Personnel Shortages

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

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Publication Information

Full Citation:

Romm, Madeline and Katy Lindquist. 2021. "Personnel Shortages Due to COVID-19." College Park, MD: START (March).

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