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Waterloo firefighters move to 24-hour shift rotation

Waterloo - Recent arbitration decisions have awarded Waterloo Professional Firefighters’ Association a 24-hour shift rotation. Currently, firefighters work 10-hour day shifts for four days on, followed by four days off, which is then followed by four 14-hour night shifts.  Under the new 24-hour shift rotation, firefighters will work seven 24-hour days during a 28-day cycle averaging out to 42 hours per week, which is the same as with the previous shift rotation. 

At this time, 82% of firefighters in the province work the 24-hour shift schedule including Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener and London. St. Catharines was also recently awarded the 24-hour shift trial through arbitration. 

The new 24-hour shift rotation for the fire suppression division begins Dec. 31, 2015 for a two-year trial period. The new shift will be evaluated for the duration of the two-year trial period by fire services management and the Waterloo Professional Firefighters Association.  

Waterloo Fire Rescue is made up of dedicated members who provide an invaluable service to the Waterloo community.  In 2014, Waterloo fire rescue responded to 4,631 emergency calls.

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