Fire Department 24-Hour Shift Pattern Trial

Fire Department 24-Hour Shift Pattern Trial

Emergency Services
Fire Department

The Terrace Fire Department is committed to continually improving the department's operations and service to the community. In line with this commitment, Terrace Fire has introduced a new shift pattern, which will undergo a three-year trial period. The change to the new shift pattern is carefully designed to be cost-neutral, ensuring that there is no impact on the department’s budget, public safety, or the level of services provided to the community.

Previous Shift Pattern: Two 10-hour day shifts followed by two 14-hour night shifts, culminating in a four-day rest period.

New Shift Pattern: One 24-hour shift, followed by a 24-hour break, another 24-hour shift, and then a five-day rest period.

We recognize that the concept of 24-hour shifts might raise concerns about productivity. However, this model has been successfully implemented and permanently adopted by numerous Canadian fire departments over the past 10-15 years. The 24-hour shift pattern has demonstrated benefits in enhancing work-life balance, reducing mental health claims, improving on-duty shift training, and providing more time for essential tasks such as fire safety inspections.

A dedicated steering committee will closely monitor the new shift pattern. This committee will rigorously evaluate the effectiveness and impact of these changes on our operations and personnel.