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Posted on: February 14, 2023

Ask Arvada Fire: What's an average day like?

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“What is the average day like for a firefighter?”

We work a 48/96 schedule, meaning we work two consecutive days and must plan around a 48-hour shift. As you can imagine, 48 hours is a long time, and we have a lot to get accomplished every single shift.

Our operational period begins at 7 a.m. when we meet with the off-going crew to get caught up on events, incidents or any relevant information to share. After that, we join a video conference called ‘pass-off’ with all other station crews, chief and administrative staff and other divisions. We plan all the details of the upcoming shift, including education, training and any community events through our Community Risk Reduction efforts. 

After our company has formulated a plan for the remainder of the shift, the real work begins! Each shift will involve required events set by the district such as apparatus and equipment checks, frequent training whether it be related to firefighting or EMS, physical fitness and community events such as educational school visits.

Outside of job-related events, we can’t forget that we live and work together as a family for 48 continuous hours, which is often why you see a fire truck at the grocery store. We must plan our meals and grocery shop at work, just as you would with your family. Once our work tasks are accomplished, we’re likely to be eating, enjoying a few minutes of downtime together or getting rest. 

Of course, we’re always prepared to respond to all emergencies at a moment’s notice as our number one priority.

Kody Allen

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