SURVEY RESULTS

Click here to see what Fort Worth Firefighters are saying after participating in a voluntary 48/96 trial through the use of exchange of time.  Participating stations include stations 3, 23, 24, 25, 38, battalion chiefs, and vacation relief firefighters.

The FWFD Local 440 48/96 Committee also conducted a survey of other departments of similar size, call volume, and/or geographic location that work the 48/96.  We received over 1,000 responses from the following departments:  Fresno, Haltom City, Las Vegas, Midland, Minneapolis, Orange County, Sacramento, Sacramento Metro, San Bernardino County, San Jose, Stockton, and West Metro.  The results are listed below.  

Choose your department: 

Fresno - 7%

Haltom City - 3%

Las Vegas - 20%

Midland - <1%

Minneapolis - 8%

Orange County - <1%

Sacramento - 16%

Sacramento Metro - 16%

San Bernardino County - <1%

San Jose - 9%

Stockton - 6%

West Metro - 13%

Other - 1%

What is your current rank?

Assistant Chief - <1%

Deputy Chief - <1%

Battalion Chief - 3%

Captain - 25%

Lieutenant - 3%

Engineer - 23%

Firefighter - 45%

What is your age?

18 to 29 - 9%

30 to 39 - 32%

40 to 49 - 40%

Over 50 - 19%

How many runs does your apparatus average per year?

Over 5,000 - 12%

4,000 to 4,999 - 19%

3,000 to 3,999 - 30%

2,000 to 2,9999 - 23%

Less than 2,000 - 15%

Prior to working the 48/96, I worked the:

24/48 - 15%

Kelly schedule (xoxoxoooo) - 50%

A different schedule - 23%

I've only worked the 24/48 - 11%

How long have you worked the 48/96?

Less than a year - 4%

1 to 5 yrs - 46%

6 to 10 yrs - 25%

Over 10 years - 24%

How long is your commute to the station (one way)?

Less than 25 miles - 54%

25-50 miles - 27%

51-75 miles - 8%

Over 75 miles - 11%

Describe your family situation:

I have children at home with full custody - 59%

I have children and share custody/visitation with an ex - 7%

My kids are grown and out of the house - 12%

I do not have kids - 22%

I was in favor or against a 48/96 trial period?

In favor of a trial period - 66%

Neutral towards a trial period - 10%

Against a trial period - 10%

N/A - 14%

How do you like the 48/96 schedule?

I like the schedule - 86%

I am neutral towards the schedule - 6%

I dislike the schedule - 8%

How has the 48/96 affected your family?

It has had a positive effect - 71%

It has had a neutral effect - 23%

It has had a negative effect - 6%

How does your spouse/significant other like the 48/96?

Likes it - 72%

Neutral towards it - 15%

Dislikes it - 9%

N/A - 4%

How does the 48/96 affect short-term fatigue?

It reduces short-term fatigue - 33%

It has a neutral effect on short-term fatigue - 42%

It increases short-term fatigue - 25%

How does the 48/96 affect long-term fatigue?

It reduces long-term fatigue - 63%

It has a neutral effect on long-term fatigue - 25%

It increases long-term fatigue - 11%

How does the 48/96 affect productivity at the fire station?

It increases productivity - 49%

It has a neutral effect on productivity - 39%

It decreases productivity - 13%

How does the 48/96 affect productivity during your off time (part-time work, home projects, etc.)

It increases productivity - 80%

It has a neutral effect on productivity - 14%

It decreases productivity - 6%

How has the change to the 48/96 affected overtime?

It has increased overtime - 16%

It has had a neutral effect on overtime - 57%

It has decreased overtime - 10%

N/A - 17%

Firefighters who previously worked the 24/48 schedule:

How do you like the 48/96 schedule?

I like the schedule - 95%

I am neutral towards the schedule - 2.5%

I dislike the schedule - 2.5%

How has the 48/96 affected your family?

It has had a positive effect - 81%

It has had a neutral effect - 17%

It has had a negative effect - 2%

How does the 48/96 affect productivity during your off time (part-time work, home projects, etc.)

It increases productivity - 92%

It has a neutral effect on productivity - 7%

It decreases productivity - 1%

Firefighters who respond to 4,000 runs per year or more:

How do you like the 48/96 schedule?

I like the schedule - 91%

I am neutral towards the schedule - 5%

I dislike the schedule - 4%

How has the 48/96 affected your family?

It has had a positive effect - 76%

It has had a neutral effect - 21%

It has had a negative effect - 3%

How does the 48/96 affect short-term fatigue?

It reduces short-term fatigue - 34%

It has a neutral effect on short-term fatigue - 41%

It increases short-term fatigue - 25%

How does the 48/96 affect long-term fatigue?

It reduces long-term fatigue - 62%

It has a neutral effect on long-term fatigue - 28%

It increases long-term fatigue - 10%

Firefighters who have children and share custody/visitation:

How do you like the 48/96 schedule?

I like the schedule - 91%

I am neutral towards the schedule - 8%

I dislike the schedule - 1%

How has the 48/96 affected your family?

It has had a positive effect - 77%

It has had a neutral effect - 20%

It has had a negative effect - 3%