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  • Why two shifts and not three?

    Why do the majority of DOD fire departments have 2 shifts and not the standard 3. I know not ever municipal department has 3 shifts (e.g. Houston, FDNY), but most do. When you brake it down, a federal firefighter works between 13-15 24 hr shifts a month, while most municipal firefighters work 8-10 24 hr shifts a month, why is that?

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    I think some installations have gone to several days on, several days off, although I don't recall the specifics. Maybe 72/96?
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

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      The Department of Veterans Affairs went to a one on and two off when civilian firefighter grade classification was changed. The bean counters figured out that it was cheaper to hire more firefighters and work a 56 hr. week instead of a 72 hr. week. It also meant that the firefighters got a pay cut instead of a raise.

      I believe Edwards AFB and Dugway Proving Ground ran a 72/96 in the 1980s. I do not know if they still do.

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