Please only comment below if you have actually worked the 48/96. Please HELP US. Your thoughts after actually trying the 48/96. We have people that have never tried it and all they have is fear factors. How does it affect your family? Your sleep? Your happiness?
Please comment below negative or positive if you have actually worked 48/96
We work the 48/96 and I absolutely love it. I have worked a 24 in the past and I feel like when I go to work for a 48 I’m more apt to get actually settled in, and into a groove than when I worked a 24. On the flip side being home for 4 straight days is amazing. It is easier to plan around and when I take a 48 set off I get 10 straight days off. Vacations that once require 72 or more hours off now require only 48 leaving more of my time off to split with family and the ability to travel for training. When I’m home for 96 vs 24 or 48 I’m settling in and sleeping better knowing that I have multiple nights. This directly related to an improved mood at home and thus I feel also helped my relationship with my girlfriend and son. These are obviously specific to me but I don’t think I would ever willfully go back to a 24 hour shift without some fight.
Background: We’ve been working 48’s for almost 10 years. We transitioned from a modified kelly. We have multiple suppression and medic transport companies that run 2500+ calls/year. I was a big proponent of trying the 48’s. It has been great in terms of reducing commute times, which is a big deal for us since no one can afford to live closer than 45-60 minutes to work. I also found it really nice to have a big b