Duty Systems

Currently in West Yorkshire we have six duty systems with various shift patterns and a range of requirements, which can suit the lifestyle needs of different applicants.

2-2-4

This is the most common duty system.

  • Firefighters work 2 days, 2 nights and have 4 rota days off

DAY CREWING

This system is dependent on the station.

  • Firefighters work one of two shift patterns
    • 4 days on, 4 days off, or
    • 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off

DAY CREWING CLOSE CALL

Firefighters work annualised hours so shift are managed locally.

  • Hours of work are 8am to 5pm from station. After 5pm personnel live in accommodation located on the fire station site (usually in a separate accommodation block)

DAY CREWING SPECIALIST

Currently only one station (Cleckheaton) operates this system.

  • Firefighters work a 2-2-4 duty system at a fire station (as above) but are available on call from home on the nights of day shifts and days of night shifts, for Urban Search and Rescue.

FLEXI DUTY SYSTEM

This system is worked by Station Managers and above, and the Fire Investigation team.

  • Personnel work a 5 week rota with a mixture of 8 hour shifts, 24 hours shifts and rota days over 7 days

RETAINED DUTY SYSTEM (ON-CALL)

There are nine retained fire stations in West Yorkshire.

  • Firefighters are available from home/work via an alerter
  • Each firefighter submits their availability weekly to ensure the fire appliance is available for use
  • Staff must live/work within five minutes of the station.

FOR MORE DETAILS

For more details on duty systems, please refer to
Your Guide to Joining WYFRS as a Firefighter booklet.

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