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Danbury Police, Fire chiefs update City Council on COVID-19 staffing issues

Danbury schools were closed last week due to staffing issues and bus shortages.  Members of the City Council asked at their meeting on Thursday for an update on staffing of emergency responders.  Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour noted that they are able to fill shifts, but are always concerned with the current surge in COVID-19.  He says the Police Department is managing, but it's getting tough.  Danbury Fire Chief Richard Thode says 6 members are out as COVID positive are several are in quarantine awaiting results.  He says the Fire Department is holding on and has back up plans, but they're not at that point yet.  In talking with other Fire Chiefs in the area, Thode says Danbury is doing better than some others when it comes to staffing.

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