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  • Sleep on shift

    I was just wondering, how many hours of sleep do you normally get on a given shift?

  • #2
    Some nights more than others...

    Depends on when the calls come, eh?
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    • #3
      5 hours, 18 minutes, and 26 seconds. Of course that was just a guess.
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      • #4
        Back when I was a vollie with a combo dept and filled in for career guys taking time off.... about 1/3 of the time could sleep all the way until 0600 when it was time to get ready for shift change and go home. The remaining 2/3 of the nights would get one or two EMS runs, the occasional MVA or somewhat rare fire.

        My current dept is all volunteer and much slower, so the question no longer applies today.

        ** edited my bad math out **
        Last edited by RLFD14; 08-23-2005, 02:37 AM.
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        • #5
          Sleep Time

          8 hours
          2230 to 0630

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RLFD14
            Back when I was a vollie with a combo dept and filled in for career guys taking time off.... about 1/3 of the time could sleep all the way until 0600 when it was time to get ready for shift change and go home. The remaining 1/3 of the nights would get one or two EMS runs, the occasional MVA or somewhat rare fire.

            My current dept is all volunteer and much slower, so the question no longer applies today.
            1/3 of the time you sleep
            1/3 of the nights you get one or two runs
            ==
            2/3

            What happened to the other 1/3?

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            • #7
              Our calls are 65% EMS, and usually we have one of our two ambo's shut down due to budget cuts, so if you are lucky enough to be on the ambulance, sometimes you get no sleep at all, usually 3-4 hours on a normal night.

              Pumper time = sleepy time.

              Have you ever noticed how good hot coffee tastes at 5AM when you haven't been to bed yet?

              With nursing homes all over our district, we get just as many calls at 3AM that we do at 3PM.

              I am surprised at the number of people who are "up" in the middle of the night. At 3 AM you would think most people would be asleep, but we see kids walking the streets, mothers cooking meals for people at 1-2AM on weeknights. I find it odd, but maybe I am just getting old!!! I am in bed usually by 11PM, but hey, to each his own.

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              • #8
                I remember nights we didn't turn a wheel and slept all night. Hit the rack at 11 then woke at 6 feeling beat to death. Went home to bed for 8 hours.

                Other nights you'd run like every 20 or 30 minutes. Get maybe 2 hours all night and feel pretty fresh when you left.

                Go figure. One house runs the next one doesn't, but you still hear the calls.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by k3twpfire
                  What happened to the other 1/3?
                  LOL today is not my day for math. About 2 out of 3 nights we'd turn a wheel.
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                  • #10
                    Simply put 3-4 hours per night. Alot of the time less than that.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RLFD14
                      LOL today is not my day for math. About 2 out of 3 nights we'd turn a wheel.
                      Whew.. I thought it was NEW MATH!

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                      • #12
                        Depends. If I have something planned to do the day after a duty day, like leave on vacation, a job at home that requires arrangements to be made ahead of time, something like that, I seem to get very little sleep. If I know I have nothing to do on the following day, or it's the day after Christmas and the family is still out of town so I know I can "catch up" if I need to, nobody in the house turns a wheel.

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                        • #13
                          We are permitted to sleep from 22:00 till 06:30. How much do we sleep? Hard to say, it depends alot on people dialing 911 or not.
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                          • #14
                            Don't wake that man (person) he's (/she's) working.

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                            • #15
                              Sleep

                              It is hard to really say.

                              I have slept in all night and then there were nights that I never hit the bed let alone got any sleep. A lot of running or working fire have kept us awake.

                              My guess, on an average, over the year, probably, but not more than 4 to 5 hours per night.

                              Our guys can hit the sack at 7 PM and should be out of bed by 7 AM.

                              Stay Safe and Well Out There....

                              Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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