48-96 Shift Pattern

48-96 Shift Pattern


The 48-96 Shift Pattern is a common pattern in fire departments and emergency services that provides 24-hour coverage. This pattern is made up of 3 teams (or crews) and 3 24-hour Shift Durations. This shift pattern occurs on a 6-day cycle, in which teams work for a full 48 hours, followed by 96 hours off. It’s most common in areas where employees have a long commute to and from work.


Pros of the 48-96 Shift Schedule:

  • Employees get 4 days off each rotation.
  • Employees only need to make 60 commuting trips a year.


Cons of the 48-96 Shift Schedule:

  • Employees are away/working for 48 hours, which can lead to fatigue and productivity issues



The WorkSight Scheduler is fully equipped to help you implement the 48-96 Shift Pattern. Built to help businesses that operate 24/7, 365 days a year, with equal levels of workload around the clock or unbalanced loads varying by shift. The WorkSight team knows the value of establishing stability in the schedule while equalizing the burden of working undesirable shift times, which means that we can help you get any Shift Pattern in place for your organization. Contact us to learn more, or to schedule a demo.

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