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Shift Patterns

Full-Time firefighters

We operate a 42-hour week four shift system on our Full-Time fire stations and in the Control Room. The system operates on a four days on / four days off routine creating an eight day cycle, ensuring that staff progressively work on different days of the week. There are four different ‘coloured’ watches that operate this four shift system: red, white, blue and green. This system ensures fire cover is maintained 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

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0900hrs – 1800hrsRedRedWhiteWhiteBlueBlueGreenGreen
1800hrs – 0900hrsGreenGreenRedRedWhiteWhiteBlueBlue

On-Call (Retained Duty System) firefighters

Most of our On-Call (RDS) firefighters have full-time occupations outside of the Fire and Rescue Service and with agreement from their employers they can be released from their normal occupation to fight fires as and when required. As such they have agreed to commit themselves when required. This commitment includes:

  • A requirement to attend a weekly drill period
  • A requirement to attend weekend training courses as and when necessary
  • A commitment to respond to emergency calls

Non-operational staff

In addition to its firefighters and officers the Service has many staff who perform valuable support functions for the brigade. Normal office hours apply to these staff, working between 0900hrs and 1700hrs Monday to Friday.

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