What is the Schedule of a Firefighter?

08 July 2024
Chief Brent Collins, President, www.FirePrep.com

What is a firefighter’s work schedule like? 

The work schedule of a firefighter consists of two 24-hour days per week, for an average of 8 days per month.  With this schedule, a firefighter has an average of 5 days off per week.  Listed below you will find an average month's schedule for a firefighter, with the asterisked days being scheduled workdays and the other days representing days you have off during the month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Normally every 3 weeks, a firefighter is given an additional day off.  We use Thursday, the 13th, as an example for this month's schedule.

Because of the many days firefighters normally have off during a month, many firefighters maintain a second job to supplement their income.  Many firefighters easily can make as much money on their day off as they do on the job as a firefighter.  These second careers consist of salesmen, ambulance drivers, accountants, landscapers, contractors, attorneys – you name it, a firefighter does it on their day off.

Good luck in your pursuit of the greatest job on the face of the earth!  Remember – luck goes to the prepared!