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    can someone explain the whole a shift, b shift, c shift rotation to me and the advantages and/or disadvantages of being on a,b or c


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    There's more than one version of shift rotations using a, b, & c. Any advantages/disadvantages would depend on the particulars of the shift.

    FWIW, in most cases, there's no advantage because the shifts are usually the same. The a, b, & c part is just which group is on duty on any particular day. i.e. there are 3 groups and one is on duty at any given time.
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    Around here, where I'm at, it's a four shift rotation with the usual principle applied.

    A is the first group, and they do the first shift. They get relieved by B shift, and B gets relieved by C. It just means you have three shifts, and works for the 24 on, 48 off thats common in a lot of places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccfta6 View Post
    can someone explain the whole a shift, b shift, c shift rotation to me and the advantages and/or disadvantages of being on a,b or c
    If you've been in the Navy,it's like the duty rotation.The main difference is that when the ship pulls in,the first inport duty section assigned to stay aboard is ALWAYS the one you are in.You can't get away from it.
    It's just duty rotation,Usually with 3 shifts,you'll work 24 hours and have 48 hours off.
    As to advantages of being on a particular shift,I can't fully say.I don't know the officers on your department.If you have a choice,find a shift with a crew that gets lots of calls.
    This is NOT to show how tough you are from the start but to see all that training put into real world use and which things that the academy or training school spent time drilling you to do doesn't get used much.
    Good luck with it and stay close to someone with experience.They'll learn you what you need to know about the house,truck and job.

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    Here it really doesn't make a huge difference other than A shift works the holidays more often. They get them 2 years in a row becasue of leap year.

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    Your shift is the best shift, the shift before your's is lazy, and the shift after your's bitches too much. Nah just kidding. Any shift you get will end up being the best shift there is, trust me.

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    With the exception of Nozzleman25's example where some shifts hit extra holidays (but probably get holiday pay to balance it out) all shifts are essentially equal in the distribution of hours/days/nights/etc Unless you have dedicated day and night shifts with no rotation between them, working hours are balanced across all shifts. As cvb7873 said, the best shift is your shift, which is better than not having a badge or shift.
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    Well, since i can't edit my initial post, I should say, that's not how my department does things, that what the city department next to us does. I was more referring to geographically where i am at, than saying that's how my department does it. It's a little harder, being vollie, to have a shift rotation, lol.

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    we have three shifts A, B, and C. they work a day off a day work a day off a day work a day off four days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giweff View Post
    we have three shifts A, B, and C. they work a day off a day work a day off a day work a day off four days.
    Back when we had three shifts it was two days, two off, two nights, two off.
    Every day one shift was on days, one was on nights, and one was off entirely.

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