Shift length: when less is more

Are shorter, more frequent shifts for firefighters and incident managers a better alternative to regular day and night shift rosters that are currently used by fire and land management agencies in Australia?  Fire Note 120 explores this. The research team developed a testing procedure that evaluates the fatigue and mental performance implications of shorter, more frequent shifts over a nine-day period. Data is currently being analysed, and when complete, the research will provide fire managers with initial research on the potential use of sustained operations rosters for firefighters and incident management teams during catastrophic bushfire events.

View Fire Note 120, Shift length: when less is more, here.

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Release date

Wed, 08/01/2014