1. ## Just curious

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2. Are you serious???

3. Originally Posted by cdotson86
On the 24 on / 72 off schedule one works 2 days one week, then 3 days the next, correct? That means the a firefighter works 48 hours one week, and 72 the next week, correct? Just out of plain curiosity do firefighters get paid for all of those hours? 8 hours of overtime the first week, and 32 hours overtime the next?
Just a head's up, friend... This is not a good first post.

To be honest, it sort of smells like a troll. Lots of people with a beef about firefighting as a career come here with an seemingly innocuous post about the hours we work or the perks of the job. We've been down that road before and several guys are pretty quick to throw the flag on it.

Even if you aren't trolling, you'll also learn that a lot of the posters appreciate you taking time to do a little research before posting. In this case, for instance, you're asking a question that is mathematically impossible. If you work 24 hours on and 72 hours off, the only way to work three shifts in a week is to have an eight-day week. Granted, things are sometimes done differently in the fire service, but even we use the Gregorian calendar.

Finally, to give you some guidance on your post -- whatever its intentions may be... Typically, firefighters do not enjoy overtime for working more than 40 hours in a work week. In some cities, firefighters have to exceed 212 hours in a 28-day period before receiving overtime. In many other cities, it's some sort of division of that formula -- i.e. exceeding 53 hours in a week.

4. Originally Posted by cdotson86
Howdy all,
I am new to the forum and I have tried searching but could not find the answer anywhere. If its posted on here somewhere- point me to the right direction if you don't mind.
On the 24 on / 72 off schedule one works 2 days one week, then 3 days the next, correct? That means the a firefighter works 48 hours one week, and 72 the next week, correct? Just out of plain curiosity do firefighters get paid for all of those hours? 8 hours of overtime the first week, and 32 hours overtime the next?
You might want to get your calculator checked.

In the 24/72 schedule, you work 2 - 24 hour shifts each week for 3 weeks, 1 - 24 hour shift in the 4th week and then the schedule repeats. So that's 48, 48, 48 & 24 for an average of 42 hours per week.

As already mentioned, firefighters working this shift are generally not subject to normal overtime rules for hours worked in excess of 40 in a week.

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