Firefighters work a rotating schedule consisting of three 24-hour shifts with a day off in between each shift, called a “cycle.” After the conclusion of the third shift of work, firefighters have four days off. This is referred to as a Kelly schedule and is based on a 56-hour work week.
0800: Workouts. Maintaining a high level of physical fitness is paramount to ensuring the safety of each member as well as all citizens and visitors of Burbank.
0930: Maintenance. Each day of the week designates particular areas, tools and equipment that need to be cleaned and/or maintained. This is also the time for engineers to thoroughly inspect their apparatus.
1200: Lunch. Each member contributes money for two meals and a designated "cook" for the day will shop for groceries and prepare the meals.
1330: Afternoon line-up. This is an opportunity to go over any changes in the shift objectives, listen to company schools given by probationary firefighters and/or begin tasks.
All of the above is in addition to the primary job which is protecting life, property and the environment every time the Burbank Fire Department responds to an incident.