Mansfield Fire Chief Steve Strickling has issued a directive to his employees to limit their exposure working at other jobs, including township fire departments and hospitals, for the time being due to COVID-19 concerns.
Strickling said he does not know the exact number of his employees who work elsewhere too but said "there are quite a few."
He asked his employees, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics to devote their interest to their primary job for now.
The directive raised concerns for firefighters union, said Scott Miller, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 266.
"Obviously it's a very significant decision by the chief and the administration and the union feels it affects the bargaining union and the administration to negotiate and bargain those terms," he said.