Thread: 48/96 Schedule

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    Default 48/96 Schedule

    Our department is looking at switching to a 48/96 schedule. Do any of you have any info on the pros or cons of this.

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    Default Here we go...

    Ok, I cut and pasted my previous writings about this-

    -20 MORE four day off periods a year. (3/4s vs 2/4s)

    -You driving less driving to work means YOU SAVE
    MONEY, (yes, most FFs are cheap) less wear and
    tear on YOUR car, less produced smog in the air.

    -Less FF traffic on the road coming to and from
    work. This might lower your insurance premiums.

    -MORE time with YOUR FAMILY, children issues, hobbys,
    going to school and training resulting in better station
    and personnel moral.

    -Stop checking out of apparatus, SCBA and cleaning
    the station every day. This saves wear and tear on
    department trucks and equip. by 50% (Every other day
    vs. every day) FFs will clean the station the 1st day
    and not the second day so this saves the FD money
    in cleaning supplies and less dumping of chemicals
    down the drain harming the environment. (No I am not
    a tree hugger, just using common sense)

    -FFs report that they are able to get more done in a
    48 hour period (training, reports, inspections,
    projects, maintenance, working out, etc) And follow
    up on inspections by the next day.

    -Less money spent on food! FFs will just eat their
    dinner left overs the next day if they want. One trip
    to the store in 48 hours vs. crews going every day.
    Hello- saving diesel and vehicle wear and tear again.

    -FF recovery time is better so SICK LEAVE IS DOWN. This
    in turn means the FD pays out less in OT, this saving
    money. Hello??? When did your FD last state money was
    tight? (about 5 minutes ago)

    -Does not affect FSLA.

    -Displine issues and response accidents seem to be down
    with this schedule.

    Over all, every agency that has voted to try this new
    schedule has keep it and re-voted to keep it by over 90+%.
    It is a win/win situation for the department and personnel.
    Please feel free to email me for a copy of the calendar and
    reports.
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    I guess it all depends on how busy your dept is, in a quiet dept that does not get that many disturbed nights, then the 48/96 is great, however if you are on a station that gets 4000 plus calls, then the 48 hours on duty sucks. Another factor is the crew you are with, how well do you all get along?

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    Agreed.. while 4 days off would be nice, I shudder at the thought of working 48 straight hours on our primary medic..

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    Default More info.

    True- If you work for a very busy FD, this schedule
    might not be for you. Keep in mind, your body does
    adjust to the 4 days off straight. (a balance)

    More FDs out here in CA are switching to it because
    the sick leave is down (see above), so the OT is down.

    No FD has switched back to their old schedule after
    trying this one. In fact, more and more Firefighters
    approve it once it comes up for voting again. And
    trust me, we got some old, anti-change guys out here
    too.

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    We work 10/14. We can't get our Chief to even look at working 24/72 let alone 48 hours on duty!

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    We work a 4 platoon, 24/72, which to me, is the best shift I've ever worked. If we were to go to 48 hour tours it would come out to 48 on 144 hours off. Like Bou mentioned though, I doubt the troops would go for it here doing so many medicals. I've got friends in Baltimore City Fire who cringe at the thought of 24/72. The Brothers up there love the 2 days, 2 nights then 4 days off shift, which makes most of us cringe.

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    Did that help? Do you know how to PM?

    -Bou

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    Originally posted by R1SAlum
    We work a 4 platoon, 24/72, which to me, is the best shift I've ever worked. If we were to go to 48 hour tours it would come out to 48 on 144 hours off. Like Bou mentioned though, I doubt the troops would go for it here doing so many medicals. I've got friends in Baltimore City Fire who cringe at the thought of 24/72. The Brothers up there love the 2 days, 2 nights then 4 days off shift, which makes most of us cringe.
    Man that shift would be the cats butt..

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    Quote, "The Brothers up there love the 2 days, 2 nights then 4 days off shift, which makes most of us cringe." This is one of the shifts I worked in the UK, it was great if you take the 4 duty shifts as vacation, it gives you 12days off. I have yet to see a better shift.

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    We work 24/72 here, its a great shift. However when you go home most morningsd you feel like a bag of Sh*t . I cant imagine working 48 strait. I just came off a shift change, I worked 24 yesterday I'm off today then its back on my own shift for 24 tomorrow. Its kind of long, but managable
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    28/96 sounds like a dream if you can convince your department to allow you to sleep ANYTIME. for those of us who have worked 2 structures + medicals in a 24 hour shift, that day off is important. we run straight shift 24/48 which means you always have 2 days of recovery, one day recovery from the job, one day recovery from drinking on your 'tweener. but if you can bunk out when you need to, you can't beat a 48 hour shift with a 96 hour vacation. however, 24/72 also sounds like a dream shift.

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