What schedule do firefighters and paramedics work?
Field personnel with the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue - Operations Division have a 42 - hour work week and operate on one of three schedules:

The 5-12 shift is a 12-hour day, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and is based on a Monday through Friday schedule with every weekend off. In addition to each weekend off, you will also be off at least one weekday each week. This is a 10-week rotation of days off where the tenth week you only work Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 7-12 shift is a 12-hour day, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and is based upon a seven-day-a-week schedule. The first week you work Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and the second week only Wednesday and Thursday. It is a constant two-week rotation.

The 24-72 shift is a fixed schedule where you work 24 hours, 6:00 am to 6:00 am, and then are off for 72 hours. In other words, if you work Monday, you will work again on Friday. This translates to 7-8, 24-hour shifts per month.

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