The 48-96 work schedule has been gaining acceptance from fire departments and emergency medical services in the United States as a way to reduce the number of work days and the associated long commutes. This work schedule uses three teams (i.e. platoons) and three shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. It consists of a 6-day cycle where each team works two consecutive 24-hour shifts, followed by 4 consecutive days off duty.
Personnel work an average of 56 hours per week or 112 hours per two-week pay period, and work the same day of the week for 2 weeks in a row and then have that day off for 4 weeks in a row.
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|Name||48-96 Shift Schedule|
|Shifts||A (24-hr), B (24-hr), C (24-hr)|
|Repeat Cycle||6 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 24 days.
-This plan requires living quarters for the employees to work and sleep during each 24-hr shift.