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6-4 6-4 6-4 Ten Hour Rotating Shift Schedule

The 6-4 6-4 6-4 Ten Hour Rotating Shift schedule uses 5 teams (crews) and 3 overlapping ten-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. It consists of a 30 day cycle where each team works six consecutive 10-hour first shifts, followed by 4 days off duty, works six consecutive 10-hour third shifts, followed by 4 days off duty, works six consecutive 10-hour second shifts, followed by 4 days off duty. The overlapping shifts provide extra manpower during high activity periods. This plan requires 5 teams (a minimum of 5 employees) with 3 teams on duty and 2 teams off duty at any given day.

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Plan ID C5TR10-3
Name 6-4 6-4 6-4 Ten Hour Rotating Shift Schedule
Applicability 24/7 operations
Teams Required 5
Shifts 10-hr
Repeat Cycle 30 days
Rotation Slow rotation between shifts
Average Hours per Week 42
Staffing Fluctuation Balanced from shift to shift and day to day
  • Workdays and offdays are rotated so personnel can have weekend days off
  • Four days off duty after each shift rotation
  • Five 4-day weekends off every 18 weeks
  • Long (6) consecutive work days
  • The six hours/day shift overlap could be wasteful on constant workload situations
  • Personnel do not work the same days of the week, every week
Common Usage

Well suited to the variable workloads confronted by police departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, EMS call centers and dispatchers

  • This plan is drived from the 4-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift plan to provide 24/7 coverage using only 5 teams (a minimum of 5 employees, one on each team) and about 2 hours overtime (or compensatory time) each week.

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