CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Training has turned into a group effort at the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center.

For months, the center has been working to combat its short-staffing issues.

Now, it’s training new staff members for all duties – on both day and night shifts - in order to get them working on their own as soon as possible.

Executive Director Barry Neulen says the training process is now a group effort.

“Everybody is excited,” Neulen said. “Everybody has signed up to try to train our folks and get them moved through to the next phase and the next phase and get them fully released because they realize that every one of these people is going to mean less overtime and more time spent with their families and friends.”

One recruit has worked at the center before, and is expected to start working without trainer supervision soon.

Those who are new to the job will not start for another six to 12 months.