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    Alright here it is, the department where I work has been combination career/paid on call for many years now. Our current station has 6 beds; 3 in one room, 3 in the other. Well here lies the problem. Up until 2 years ago there were only 6 people on the 24/48 shift and 2 daytime personnel. All 24 hour shift personnel had their own assisgned bed. Here's the kicker; I was hired 2 years ago to expand the on duty personnel. We have another starting next week. So now there is 8 24 hour personnel. 2 shifts with 3 and one shift with 2. I have been stripping someone elses bed and putting my sheets on for 2 years. Well instead of buying 2 bunk beds to fix the problem the chief decided to make everyone strip there beds now.

    So my question is, what do you think of this, and how are the sleeping arrangements in your department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfd312 View Post
    Alright here it is, the department where I work has been combination career/paid on call for many years now. Our current station has 6 beds; 3 in one room, 3 in the other. Well here lies the problem. Up until 2 years ago there were only 6 people on the 24/48 shift and 2 daytime personnel. All 24 hour shift personnel had their own assisgned bed. Here's the kicker; I was hired 2 years ago to expand the on duty personnel. We have another starting next week. So now there is 8 24 hour personnel. 2 shifts with 3 and one shift with 2. I have been stripping someone elses bed and putting my sheets on for 2 years. Well instead of buying 2 bunk beds to fix the problem the chief decided to make everyone strip there beds now.

    So my question is, what do you think of this, and how are the sleeping arrangements in your department?
    Every person on my job strips their bed before they go home, and make them when they get there. Been doing it that way since they went to the three platoon system in 195?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfd312 View Post
    Alright here it is, the department where I work has been combination career/paid on call for many years now. Our current station has 6 beds; 3 in one room, 3 in the other. Well here lies the problem. Up until 2 years ago there were only 6 people on the 24/48 shift and 2 daytime personnel. All 24 hour shift personnel had their own assisgned bed. Here's the kicker; I was hired 2 years ago to expand the on duty personnel. We have another starting next week. So now there is 8 24 hour personnel. 2 shifts with 3 and one shift with 2. I have been stripping someone elses bed and putting my sheets on for 2 years. Well instead of buying 2 bunk beds to fix the problem the chief decided to make everyone strip there beds now.

    So my question is, what do you think of this, and how are the sleeping arrangements in your department?
    What's the problem? Firefighters have been making up and tearing down their bunks for years.

    A lot of jakes use a sleeping bag... just roll it up after visiting the "corridor of dreams"...

    I wouldn't complain too loudly, the "mutts" may decide to put you guys on 8 hours shifts with no rack time whatsoever!
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    Agree with the others on here, been stripping my bed every morning after work since I got on the job. Keep the linens rolled in my locker, and just unroll 'em before bed. Takes about 3 minutes.

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    Nine beds with nine on shift each day.

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    I guess most of the guys have had their bed for so many years and are complaining about it, and I just fall right in with them. I already have to strip the bed of their stuff, and put mine on, then back to their stuff in the morning. It's just a "incentive" of having your own bed I guess. It's not that bad really, cause I have to do the same when I work EMS on my off days.

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    Six beds with five guys on shift. Also have roll out cots for storm coverage or guys coming in the night before for a day shift if bad weather, etc. Plus there's always the good ol' couch. and recliners.

    One of the first things I do when I come in is spray the mattress I'll use with lysol spray. It usually takes about two hours to dry fully.

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    I never left a rack made up, didn't have the luxury. Sleep in the sheets two shifts then wash them. And sleeping bags? Forget about it. I'm not on a camping trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfd312 View Post
    Alright here it is, the department where I work has been combination career/paid on call for many years now. Our current station has 6 beds; 3 in one room, 3 in the other. Well here lies the problem. Up until 2 years ago there were only 6 people on the 24/48 shift and 2 daytime personnel. All 24 hour shift personnel had their own assisgned bed. Here's the kicker; I was hired 2 years ago to expand the on duty personnel. We have another starting next week. So now there is 8 24 hour personnel. 2 shifts with 3 and one shift with 2. I have been stripping someone elses bed and putting my sheets on for 2 years. Well instead of buying 2 bunk beds to fix the problem the chief decided to make everyone strip there beds now.

    So my question is, what do you think of this, and how are the sleeping arrangements in your department?

    We strip our beds every shift and sanitize once a week. It's good to clean the sheets and whatnot at least once a week. My $.02.

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    Do you guys not have lockers? Each guy here strip his own bed in the morning and puts the bedspread back on... No sleeping bag here... Nice sheets and good blanket..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfd312 View Post
    I guess most of the guys have had their bed for so many years and are complaining about it, and I just fall right in with them. I already have to strip the bed of their stuff, and put mine on, then back to their stuff in the morning. It's just a "incentive" of having your own bed I guess. It's not that bad really, cause I have to do the same when I work EMS on my off days.
    The guys are complaining about stripping thier beds?? I would hate to see what happend if your admin talked about layoffs. Better remove all sharp objects and shoe laces!!

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    We have more beds than men...the ones that are used the night before...have the sheets changed and dirties put in the laundry during committee work.

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    We work two night shifts in a row, so I get lo leave my bed made for a night, day and night, then pack it up the second morning for my 2 days off. Two men on shift and two beds.

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    If I were you I wouldn't let too many people know that this is one of the chief complaints about your job.

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    If the chief is getting involved that must be the problem. I would never take something as petty as this to the chief. Settle it among your selves. Take up a collection and buy another bed.

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    So my question is, what do you think of this, and how are the sleeping arrangements in your department?
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    ^^^ Good point.

    We should all be grateful that we even get the chance to go to bed. I think b*tching about sleeping arrangements should be a bit lower on the priority list, don't you?

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    The career department I ran on even provided the linens, which we washed every shift by the probies coming on. Worked for us.

    There were no "assigned" beds, but a Captain at one station was so, ahem, pungent, that no one touched the bed he slept on, and it remained made with his linens every day. In the entire time I was there, I'm not sure his stuff was ever washed, as even the lowly probies weren't expected to mess with his disgusting stuff. He's since retired, I wonder if they burned his matress since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfd312 View Post
    I guess most of the guys have had their bed for so many years and are complaining about it, and I just fall right in with them. I already have to strip the bed of their stuff, and put mine on, then back to their stuff in the morning.
    If anyone ever expected me to unmake their bed then remake it for them - they would find their bedding in the trash can being used by the rats after the local bums had a go at it. Lazy ******. We all take care of our own bunk every shift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoFF View Post
    If anyone ever expected me to unmake their bed then remake it for them - they would find their bedding in the trash can being used by the rats after the local bums had a go at it. Lazy ******. We all take care of our own bunk every shift.
    As it should be (taking down your bunk at the end of your tour).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoFF View Post
    If anyone ever expected me to unmake their bed then remake it for them - they would find their bedding in the trash can being used by the rats after the local bums had a go at it. Lazy ******. We all take care of our own bunk every shift.
    Our guys typically give the bedding a good soaking and put it in the freezer for them. I've "heard" of instances where bedding has been stuffed into a 5-gallon bucket of water, then stuck in the freezer.

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