What schedule do firefighters work?
A Gilroy firefighter's shift is 48 hours long. They work a rotating 6 day cycle of 48 hours on duty with 4 days off in between averaging 56 hours per week. There are crews that staff 3 shifts (A-shift, B-shift, and C-shift) 24/7/365.

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1. What do firefighters do while they are waiting for a fire or other emergency?
2. What schedule do firefighters work?
3. Why do fire engines and ambulances respond on emergency medical calls?
4. Why do fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
5. Why do firefighters use chain saws to cut holes in the roof of a building that’s on fire?
6. Does the Fire Department service fire extinguishers?
7. When an emergency vehicle is approaching that is displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?
8. Why did I see another Fire Department’s fire engine in Gilroy?
9. Why do so many fire trucks respond to simple incidents?
10. Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?