How many people are on each shift and why are there that many?

Staffing at the Red Wing Fire Department varies depending on the day of the week and time of day. There are two different shifts such as:

  • Three shifts (six firefighter/paramedics each) are assigned to 24 hour shifts. These employees are responsible for working 2,912 hours per year including holidays and weekends. This schedule requires that shift firefighters work 832 hours more than the typical 40-hour employee annually.
  • One shift (three firefighter/paramedics) is assigned to varying 40-hour per week shifts. These employees are responsible for working 2,080 hours per year excluding holidays and weekends.


The staffing model utilized is designed to provide adequate staffing levels during time of peak call volume, while minimizing overtime expenses. All employees are cross-trained and perform firefighting and emergency medical responses daily.


Typical minimum staffing at the start of any given day is five firefighter/paramedics. This provides the minimum staffing level for safe fire ground operations as established by the Red Wing Fire Department. 


However, staffing is permitted to drop to four when required due to ambulance call volume. Maintaining four firefighters on duty provides the minimum number of personnel required for response to a major medical call or concurrent minor medical calls. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Fire Protection Association standards also require a minimum of four firefighters for “offensive attack” interior fire ground operations.

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1. How many full-time firefighter / paramedics are there and how many paid on call firefighters are there?
2. Many other communities, sizable to Red Wing, have a volunteer Fire Department. Why does Red Wing have a full-time one?
3. What is the difference between a firefighter and a paramedic?
4. What does it take to be a Red Wing fire fighter / paramedic?
5. How many people are on each shift and why are there that many?
6. How many calls does Red Wing respond to annually?
7. What do firefighters do when not responding to a call?
8. Why do the ambulance and fire truck respond to the same call?
9. Why does the ambulance stay on the scene of an accident or incident?
10. What does the Red Wing Fire Department do for fundraising?
11. Can I burn in Red Wing?