The 24-48 shift pattern uses three teams (i.e. platoons) and three shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. It consists of a 3-day cycle where each team works one 24-hour shift followed by 2 consecutive days (48 hours) off duty. This shift pattern is very popular with fire departments in the United States and is also known as ABC shift pattern.
|Name||24-48 Shift Schedule|
|Shifts||A (24-hr), B (24-hr), C (24-hr)|
|Repeat Cycle||3 days|
|Rotation||Fixed plan, no rotation|
|Average Hours per Week||56|
|Staffing Fluctuation||Balanced from shift to shift and day to day|
|Common Usage||Popular with fire departments and emergency medical services.|
– The US Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compensation cycles are 28 days over which firefighters normally works either 216 hours or 240 hours. Hours worked beyond a base of 212 hours in a 28-day period are considered overtime. To avoid overtime, agencies typically use a rotating day off (Kelly day off) every 21 days.
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-This plan requires living quarters for the employees to work and sleep during each 24-hr shift.