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    Question Shift schedule/responsibilities

    I work in a station that also houses chiefs and department administration, so I know that some of my co-workers have mastered the "looking busy" routine. Also, I'm currently a floater... So I get to see first-hand how different crews do different amounts of work. This has me wondering what exactly is a shift at YOUR station like?

    How much recliner time are you getting in? How much time are you spending on drills, cleaning quarters & apparatus checks? What other duties does your shift have (SCBA maint., mapping, etc.)? Is your day structured for you or do you have a daily checklist of things to accomplish? What's the difference between life before 1700 and after?

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    Lookin Busy thats my speciality
    I know exaclty how you feel. I work at the central fire station and the admin is right behind us. "The Chiefs window faces us" Anyways My shift is the always catching the brunt of things. But we always have to look busy. Our recliner time is from 11:30-1:00. Now the weekends and Holidays are pretty laid back. But any other time its hetic. We always get caught up in doing things for the city. You taken the servant part to the extreme. ex. Painting walls at city hall.

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    Default My day

    At 0800 hrs we start our day. We check the trucks and clean the Station. After that the day is ours. The Chief tried a while ago to keep us "looking busy" but that changed after a short while. They have recently put out a traing schedule for ISO purposes. So once a month we do the required training. We will have to see if that continues.
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    Fall In at 0800
    Equipment checked by 1000
    Training 1000 - 1200
    Training 1400 - 1600
    barring runs the rest of our 24 hour shift is our own
    Up by 0645 to clean station
    0800 dismissed

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    Same daily shift routine as smoke's shift.

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    Hey Tanner, you guys doing 24/72 yet?

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    0800-0830 Coffee and BS
    0830-0900 Shift briefing
    0900-1000 check rigs
    1000-1200 Drill
    1200-1300 lunch
    1300-15000 Drill
    1500-1700 projects/ workout

    1700-0800 our time.

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    Post Shifts

    07h00 - 19h00 3 Day Shifts
    19h00 - 07h00 3 Night Shifts
    3 Days Off

    We must look busy until 16h00 (Day Shift)
    and 23h00 (Night Shift)

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    smoke,
    not doing 24/72 yet but still trying to get negotiations over with and that may tell the tail if we go that route.
    standby clause the big hang up now.

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    Stick with it brother

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    0730-0800 radio test/basic gear check
    0800-0830 morning meeting(assignment of inspections, correspodence from chief, daily stuff assigned, etc.)
    0830-0900 Coffee & BS
    0900-1200 Clean station/rigs, thougrough equipment check
    1200-1300 Lunch
    1300-1600 Training
    1600-1800 Workout if you want,any extra projects
    1800-0730 Free Time

    Throw in your runs, inspections and fire prevention stuff throughout the day.

    24/72 is a great shift. For you guys that don't have it yet Good Luck!! If you need any contract info let me know!!

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    Talking Well lets see.

    0700-Report for work
    0701-0730-Vehicle and Equipment checks
    0731-0900-Physical Fittnes training workout(City has a fittnes center we all gather and workout at)
    0915-1100-Multi Engine company training Hose evolutions.
    1100-1200-Shower
    1200-1300-Lunch
    1300-1600-Afternoon training-Varies
    1601-1700-errends
    1701-on Station time. We usually go work out again at night for a couple of hours unless we have a tour or presentation to make.
    2000-House duties(Clean up the station)
    0615-wakiewakie
    0630-station Touch up wash vehicles etc.
    0700-Off duty after arguing with other shift about stupid meaningless issues
    Front line since 1983 and still going strong

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    Smoke,
    Will do just that.

    bc3batt,
    thanks for the offer. May need some info, one day.

    Tanner

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    24/72 Rules!

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    Our schedule...
    Day tours 08:00 to 18:00
    08:00 quick equipment check (scba, ems gear, defib, etc)
    08:15 morning radio test
    08:15 to 09:00 coffee/breakfast/personal time
    09:00 to 09:30 housework and apparatus checks
    09:30 to 12:00 inspection details/training sessions
    12:00 to 13:00 lunch/personal time
    13:00 to 16:00 inspection details/training sessions
    16:00 to 18:00 personal time

    Night tours 18:00 to 08:00
    Night tours are pretty much our own time. There are EMS classes for recertification (open to all Dept members and other FDs),EMS refresher classes (also open to all), fire science classes and such.
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    We work 10's and 14's.

    Day Shift
    0800-0900 Housework, apparatus checks
    0900-1100 Training
    1100-1300 Lunch prep and meal
    1300-1800 Our own time

    Night Shift
    1800-1830 Apparatus checks
    1830-0800 Dinner and whatever we want to do.
    "I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we know the work which a fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling."

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    The politicians perception:
    08:00 - Eat till you get tired
    Sleep till you're rested
    Eat till you're tired,
    Sleep till you're rested
    Play cards till you're hungry
    Eat till you're tired
    Sleep till the next shift wakes you up.
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    We use a 24 hour shift, 4 on, 4 off, 4 on, 6 off.
    0800- Shift begins, make sure truck is still in firehouse
    0900- Truck checks, pretty thorough every shift for us, not so thorough on the other two shifts
    1000- Try to get to the gym
    1130- Find something for lunch
    1200- Lunch and news
    1300- Fire and/or EMS training (videos most of the time)
    1400- House chores (Monday-Generator, Tuesday-Floors, Wednesday-Yard Day, Thursday-Windows & Showers, Friday-Fridge & Kitchen & Hose tower)
    1700- Our own time, unless there is board meeting (2nd Tue of each month) or Reserve Training (Every Wednesday evenin)
    0700- Up and at'em
    0800- Leave the next shift to hold the recliners down

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    work 24/72's...
    Mon-Fri.
    0700-0730 shift briefing
    0730-0900 rig checks/wash etc.
    0900-1000 daily chores in station
    1000-1200 projects - we too share quarters with administration & frequently are engaged in running errands, shopping for dept. business or making repairs to stations & equipment, issue outdoor burning permits, & the list continues.....
    training is done at each shifts leisure, as long as we accomplish the required topics for any given quarter. Some days we drill all day, while the next week maybe only an hour for the week.
    1200-1300 lunch
    1300-1700 finish projects, data entry of reports, etc.
    after 1700 dinner & personal time

    as for weekends we do rig checks, chores, catch up on training.
    Other than that weekends are really laid back.

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    Cool shifts

    Well I guess I'm lucky, not only do I work at Station 2
    (No white shirts) But our day is how we want it, but it basically goes like this.

    0700-0800/ Wake up other crew, coffee,BS, read paper
    0800-0930/ Truck/Equipment Check
    0930-1045/ To station 1 for workout
    1045-1130/ return to station, shower, free time
    1130-1300/ Lunch/Free time
    1300-1400/ Station duties
    1400-1530/ Training
    1530-0700/ Personal time

    We do 24/48 with Monday/friday kelly(station 1-friday/Station2 Monday)
    I just did 72 straight at Station 1 and I will never do that again to
    many officers...Give me the Vacation station any day.
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    Lets see, dayshifters work, swing shift works, and graves-we play x-box

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    We work 24/48
    0700-report for duty
    0700-0745 : coffee, B.S., read paper.
    0745-0800 : check the rigs
    8000-0900 : house chores
    0900-1100 : training (ems, building tour)or rig maint.
    1100-1300 : Lunch, Safety Nap.
    1300-1600 : Drills, Inspections, Projects.
    1600-1700 : Wash rigs, cook, workout.
    1700-0700 : Dinner, Free time
    Saturdays follow up to house chores(clean apparatus bays), then free time
    Sundays, Hollidays : check rigs and then free time.
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    O800-0830- Coffee/BS
    0830-0900- Ambulance checks/engine checks
    0900-1000- Clean the station
    1000-1200- Assigned projects (clean rigs, order supplies,etc.).
    1200-1300- LUNCH!!!
    1300-1400- Drill
    1400-1700- Projects (inspections, weed enforcement{summer}
    shovel hydrants{winter), other duties).
    1700-0700- Our time
    0700-0800- Wake-up, clean station/rigs, etc.

    This is our weekday schedule, weekends and holidays are pretty much ours, unless something important comes up.

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