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Great Falls Fire Fighters Move to 24 Hour Shifts

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The Great Falls Fire Department has recently made some changes to the type of hours they are working.

Starting this past weekend, the Great Falls Fire Department switched over from working a 10 - 10 - 14 - 14 schedule, which means they worked two ten hour day shifts followed by two fourteen hour night shifts.

Now fire fighters are working a twenty four hour shift followed by two days off and a second twenty four hour shift with four days off.

"The twenty four hour shift is better for the health and safety of the fire fighters," says Jason Baker, a Great Falls fire fighter.

Baker was part of the group that proposed the shift change to the city commission and says working continuously for one day followed by time off will allow the fire fighters to be less sleep deprived on the job. He also says the fire fighters will get more time to spend with their families.

"This shift does not cost the city anything. We are working the same total hours. This is for us. We all have families and this will allow us to spend more time with them," adds Baker.

Baker says the public should not be worried about the response time of the fire department as they work the new twenty four hour shift.

"Nothing has changed about the response time. We still have people here working and with the new shift we now have more continuity while working."

The Great Falls Fire Department says this new shift puts them in line with most fire departments around the country.

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