California Scrambles For More firefighters Amid Pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California is scrambling to find sufficient firefighters amid a coronavirus outbreak that has depleted the pool of inmates who usually handle some of the toughest duties. It’s also derailed a plan to hire 600 new state firefighters and support personnel. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said the state has enough money to add a scaled-back 172 professional firefighters and he’ll beef up seasonal fire crews. The news comes as California reported a record 149 virus-related deaths. The Red Cross is also appealing for more wildfire season volunteers because of the pandemic.

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