FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Officials with the Fort Wayne Fire Department announced that nearly four dozen firefighters are under a COVID-19 quarantine after two tested positive for the virus.
The announcement came Friday afternoon from officials who say there are "approximately 45 firefighters known to be exposed" to the two firefighters over multiple shifts who are in quarantine for two weeks from the date they were exposed.
"Public safety will not be compromised and the FWFD will continue to provide lifesaving care and responses," Natalie Eggeman with the City of Fort Wayne said in a statement. "Five of the 18 fire stations have two apparatus available, but if there is not enough manpower at a particular station, sometimes only one apparatus will be in service for an emergency run."
Firefighters who were not exposed have been offered optional overtime to fill the open positions.
Eggeman said the overtime will not be mandatory until an entire fire station has to be closed,.