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How many hours / shifts do you work a week?

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by MMiz, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. MMiz

    MMiz I put the M in EMTLife Community Leader

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    I go to college full time (taking five courses), and then drive home every other weekend or so and work a midnight shift. In general most EMT-Basics at my company are scheduled to work four shifts a week. Most medics work 3-4. Shifts for Basics are 12 hours, and medics work a 10 hours shift.

    When it comes down to it, most people work the extra day so they can get overtime. I can't see myself working more than five times a week, but some people work 60-70 hours sometimes.

    That's a bit too much for me.
  2. SafetyPro2

    SafetyPro2 Forum Safety Officer

    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Little different situation here being a vollie. Varies depending on whether my crew's on or not. Weeknights (Tue.-Thur.) when we're on, I typically work two or three 12-hour shifts. Weekends, it's either a 36-hour shift (Sat. PM to Mon. AM) or a 24-hour shift (Fri. PM to Sat. PM) AND a 12-hour shift (Mon. PM to Tue. AM).

    On top of that, since I work out of my house, I often take daytime duty as well. I'm in the middle of a big project right now, so I haven't been as I'm out in the field 3 days a week, but after next week, I'll probably start taking two 12-hour daytime shifts a week.

    My max in month has been 172 hours of duty, and my lowest has been 109 (this month due to the project).
  3. Chimpie

    Chimpie EMTLife Tech Support Community Leader

    Location:
    Sarasota, FL
    EMS Training:
    MFR
    My former employment was at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Indiana. (The plant is a new plant. It has only been in production for about 6 years now.) We all were First Responders and some were EMTs and Paramedics. Those with higher certs brought their certs with them. All the FR were trained once we got hired. When I left most of the guys were going through FF I & II. They now have one pumper, one rescue and a brush truck and about 8 squads, a mixture of Sequoias and Tundras. We also did the security for the plant, but were more recognized for the Fire and EMS aspect.

    Anyway, as for the shifts, we worked 12 hours shifts. The twelve hour shift is based on a 28 day calendar and works like this:

    4 days on - night shift
    4 days off
    3 days on - day shift
    24 hours off
    3 days on - night shift
    4 days off
    4 days on - day shift
    6 days off

    That's right. Six days off in a row. Nice huh?

    I miss that schedule and would do anything to have it back.

    Chimp
  4. SafetyPro2

    SafetyPro2 Forum Safety Officer

    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Chimp, interesting schedule...you don't see that much rotation back and forth between days and nights. I worked for an oil company my last job, and the refinery fire brigade folks (the full time ones, that is), did about 3 months at a time on night shift, then rotated back to days for another 3 months, then back again.

    BTW, my wife remembers when that plant was built...she was going to UE at the time. Her family's up in Fayette County.

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