My Department looked into 48-72 last year. Thankfully it has been tabled for now. Most the folks responding are from city departments and are refering to 48-96. They still have 3 shifts and work a 56 hour week. We on the Federal side are looking at 48-72 which is a 7 group system and we will still be working 72 hours a week. One of the big issues I have as a Captain on the Truck Co. is that I would no longer have a set company. It would be different people every day. Another issue is that I can see no fair way to assign groups. In the 48-72, 7-group system:
• 3 groups have every other weekend off. The trade off is that they WORK A FULL WEEKEND (Saturday and Sunday) EVERY other weekend
• 2 groups NEVER have a full weekend off, they work either Saturday or Sunday EVERY weekend.
• The other 2 groups are off 1 full weekend and work 1 day the next. 1 group never works a Saturday and the other never works a Sunday. How do we fairly decide who gets to be in these groups?
• Bear in mind that Captains, Lieutenants, Paramedics, and even EMTs must be spread out evenly. Cannot have too many of any of them working or off on the same day. Service Comp Date will only work for a few.
I have uploaded a document we put out here. Take a look and see what you think.
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