Sparks FF's get new schedules
Sparks approves new firefighter work schedules
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Sparks city firefighters will get more days
off in a row under a new scheduling format.
The City Council on Monday agreed to a one-year trial period
beginning in July for the proposal advocated by the city fire
Backers say the move will reduce overtime and sick leave costs
and boost morale.
Under existing schedules, firefighters work 24 hours and are off
for 24 hours. That pattern is repeated three times, when they then
get three days off in a row.
The proposal will allow them to work two, 24-hour shifts and get
the following four days off.
Fire Chief Lee Leighton said firefighters will still work the
same number of hours. He also assured council members there will be
no disruption in service.
"It's absolutely all internal," Leighton said of the changes.
"You won't be able to recognize any difference whatsoever."
Leighton said the idea came as part of City Manager Shaun
Carey's Centennial Initiative to redesign city government. He said
three-fourths of firefighters polled preferred the new schedule.
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