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  • #16
    Various Schedules

    Sorry for the late post (and long post) just stumbled across this one!

    Before I retired, Suppression side was 24 hours on - 48 off, basically you worked every third day, so you could be on say, A shift, or B or C, along with a Kelly day, and if I remember right, it was every 3 weeks, and we/they came on at 0800.

    And there was, when I left (finally a total of 4), 1 Captain, 1 Driver-Engineer, 1 F/M and 1 F/F (usually a rookie), on each engine/ladder with all having a Fire-Medic on board, with lesser staffing on squad, brush, air and other smaller trucks.

    Communications/Dispatch/Radio/Control (you name it) was a little different, they were 12 hour shifts (A and C were day shifts and B and D were night shifts), with two 12 hour shifts on, back to back with 2 days off, back to back, and NO Kelly days, and you worked 0700 to 1910 or 1900 to 0710.

    Minimum staffing in Dispatch was 4 people and on a perfect day you had maybe 7, plus one supervisor, to operate the lead channel, plus 2 TAC channels (Eastside and Westside) plus answer 911 lines, but sick/vacation times kept that constantly whittled down.

    And for a high stress environment in there, they had only a 40 minute Lunch and two 15 minute "mini breaks" and they had to pay for all three!

    It got so bad in there, after the "old timers" retired (myself included) that they offered to hire them back, part time with no benefits and to work them whenever they needed some fill, needless to say I never even considered it and counted myself lucky to have a pension (no thanks to the State) after 32 long and hard years.

    Stay safe and sleep all night (not anymore!)


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