Hartford's 24 hour schedule
From Channel 3 News. This story can be found at http://www.wfsb.com/Global/story.asp?S=1365724 and there is also a link towards the bottom of the page with a video feed for the story.
Hartford firefighters pull 24-hour shifts
HARTFORD -- The owners of Citycellars Wine & Spirits depend on their customers for business, and the fire department to protect their inventory.
Citycellars had no idea firefighters' schedules have changed to 24 hours on, then three days off.
"If they can handle it, that's fine," said owner Ron Patel.
Other business owners criticize the fire department plan off camera saying they don't think they are getting their money's worth.
It's a plan Fire Chief Charles Teale spent two years designing.
"People could say 'look at this...on it's face this is a cake schedule. What? I'd love to work one day and be off three,'" Teale said. "Well most people who are inclined to think that way, I'd like to ask them If they'd like to run into a burning building at two o'clock in the morning"
"There are no breaks during that 24 hour period of time. No down time for firefighters"
Teale admits the schedule gives firefighters seven workweeks per year with just a single 24 hour shift.
The rest of the time though, those men and women work a pair of 24 hour shifts per week...and get no overtime.
The chief believes the deal could save more than $1 million a year, money he needed to find to keep all of his firehouses open.
"We didn't have to lay off a single firefighter, in part because of the new schedule and the savings that the schedule provides," Teale said.