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What shift patterns do firefighters work?

Most of our operational firefighters work a standard shift pattern from 08:00 until 18:00 on a ‘tour’ of two days, two nights then four days off.

Each crew typically has 4 watches, which are identified by different colours – Red, Green, Blue and White.

Each core watch follows the same pattern of two days, two nights then four days off, but the starting days are staggered for each watch so we have cover 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

For example: Red Watch might start their tour on Monday, Green Watch would start on Wednesday and so on.

We also have ‘lates’ crews that work at some of our stations and they work 4 days on and 4 days off, working 10:00-22:00 each working day. The lates watch colours are Orange and Purple.

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