Fire Department shifts

Joseph Mangiamelli ASKED

Our Fire Department is growing from a volunteer force to a paid force.  As such, we are developing the department over time as budgets will allow by utilizing a group of part-time firefighters and EMT's to train and provide a pool from which future hires can be taken.  My question deals with the length of shift.  Historically, we use a 24-hour work shift - is there any experience with pros and cons seen in a 12-hour shift?      

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