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Old 02-06-2019, 09:58
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Default Firehouse Magazine- OCFA 48/96 report.

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Old 02-08-2019, 02:20
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LOL @ “We work the 96/48”.
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Old 02-09-2019, 14:03
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Response from our union.......I'm thinking the author of this "white paper" just got donkey punched by not only our union.....but by the Fire Chief!

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OCPFA Local 3631 Members:
In the past few days, an article was featured in firehouse.com that was written by OCFA Battalion Chief Ken Harrison. This article claimed to be a neutral assessment of the impact that the 48/96 schedule has had on the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). We have reviewed the information and have formed the
statements. We also believe that Battalion Chief Ken Harrison chose this topic
opinion that it contains numerous inaccurate facts and misleading
to curry favor with his superiors with the intention of utilizing his poorly researched executive fire officer project to further his promotional opportunities here at the OCFA.

We are responding to your overwhelming displeasure of the polarization of this issue, how poorly it was written, noted policy and general order violations, but more importantly your concern that Battalion Chief Ken Harrison is operating under the support of the executive team by wearing his uniform, which is a representation of the OCFA, in the video clip.

Upon our notification by you, the member, that this document and video clip existed, President Steging contacted Fire Chief Brian Fennessy regarding the matter. The chief wanted to make it adamantly clear that there was no direction given to the executive team to pursue this matter in a public or private forum, and that his actions taken by an individual, not by the organization. More importantly, Chief Fennessy reiterated that he supports the current schedule we operate on today which you know is the 48/96 shift schedule.

President Steging also contacted COA President Tim Perkins and he assured the executive board that he himself supports the 48/96 shift schedule, and more importantly, the COA has no agenda to remove the 48/96 shift schedule. President Perkins also stated that this white paper was developed by an individual, making statements on his own accord, not representing the COA on this matter.

Although the article and study made the claim of being an independent assessment of our 48/96 schedule and the impact that it has had on our members, our families, our department, and our ability to provide quality service to the people of Orange County, it was filled with inaccuracies and presents false, misleading, and incomplete information regarding 48/96 schedule. The purpose of this communication, which is unanimously supported by our entire Orange County Professional Firefighters Association (OCPFA)

Local 3631 Executive Board, is to make it clear that our union will not allow false and misleading claims to be presented without a response.
Unfortunately, Chief Harrison’s article and subsequent study accomplish neither a true evaluation of the 48/96 schedule on the health and safety of our members or the true impact that this schedule has had on our organization as a whole.
As part of the study, Chief Harrison writes, “Ideally, a minimum of 50% of the impacted population (firefighters) would be surveyed, but this wasn’t possible.” The report goes on to say that Chief Harrison personally hand selected 110 Local 3631 members (rank of Captain and below) to participate in the survey. These members were selected because, according to Chief Harrison, they were “viewed as individuals who would provide honest feedback.” Therefore, a Battalion Chief who is clearly pre-disposed to argue against a 48/96 schedule decided to hand pick participants for the survey that he felt would provide “true and honest feedback.” Not only is this insulting and indicative of how Chief Harrison views the overwhelming majority of our rank and file firefighters as being unable to provide honest and accurate feedback, it also invalidates the integrity of the study since a random selection of firefighters was not chosen to participate. Of the 110 OCFA firefighters, engineers, and captains who were selected to participate, only 54 members responded - meaning that less than 5% of our total OCPFA membership participated in this study. And that 5% was again, hand-picked by Chief Harrison.
Chief Harrison’s report inexplicably mentions the very serious problem of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) throughout his report, with the insinuation that the 48/96 work schedule contributes to this major problem in the fire service. This is not only an unsubstantiated claim, it is a dangerous allegation that should not be casually mentioned in a dubious report. While mentioning PTSD and attempting to make the link to the 48/96 work schedule, Chief Harrison cites a White Paper that was written by Susan Koen, Ph.D. titled “24/48 vs. 48/96 Work Schedules: A Comparative Analysis.” While he attempts to argue that Dr. Koen believes that 48/96 work schedules help to contribute to PTSD in firefighters, actual excerpts from the 3-page White Paper include:
“There is no doubt that the 48/96 schedule provides better quality weekend time for firefighters and their families...there is clearly more weekend time available on the 48/96 schedule.”
“Specifically, the 48/96 schedule enables firefighters to be with their families for enough consecutive days to feel fully engaged in their home life.”

After reading Dr. Koen’s White Paper, it is impossible to come to the conclusion that a 48/96 work schedule contributes to PTSD conditions in firefighters. In fact, Dr. Koen has praise for 48/96 when implemented properly.

Furthermore, Chief Harrison makes constant references to morale in the OCFA being at the lowest level ever. Where is the evidence of this very trouble assertion? One might draw the conclusion that low morale only exits under his leadership. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this is just one man’s assessment that was not validated by any of the research from his study. In fact, the majority of the responses from his hand selected group of OCFA firefighters stated that 48/96 has improved their quality of sleep on duty, improved their ability to complete tasks on duty, improved their relationships with co-workers, improved their relationships with friends and family, improved the amount of time that is being spent with their family, and improved their commute time to and from work.

According to many of the comments from firefighters in the study and our own observations as leaders in the OCPFA, just about every problem in the OCFA is associated to the high level of vacancies that currently exist. That is the bottom line and that is something that both management and the union are working hard to address. The current “Forced Hires” in the OCFA are not a result of the 48/96 schedule. They are a result of the lack of sworn firefighters that we have in our department.

Although his study criticizes the amount of sick and vacation time used under 48/96, Chief Harrison’s own study came to the conclusion that, “essentially there were minimal impacts upon the sick leave and vacation usage when comparing the three years...prior to implementing the 48/96 schedule to the three-year period of post-implementation of the schedule.”

Yet another false claim in Chief Harrison’s study is that previous Fire Chiefs in the Los Angeles Fire Department had done extensive studies on possible implementation of the 48/96 work schedule and they came to the conclusion that this schedule could not work in a large, busy, urban environment (which is similar to the OCFA coverage area and call volume). Direct conversations that we have had with LAFD management and the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) Local 112 union leaders prove that Chief Harrison’s statements are simply not true. In fact, the current LAFD MOU mandates the establishment of a Working Group to discuss the 48/96 schedule with the intention of possibly implementing it in the future if all parties agree.

Finally, on page 58 of Chief Harrison’s study it is stated, “What has been illustrated by this research is that the 48/96 has not benefited the organization, or its membership as intended, and the negative consequences are worthy for re-evaluation.”

The fact of the matter is, Chief Harrison’s study - which is full of inaccuracies, statistically insignificant sample sizes, and flawed methodology from start to finish - does not come to this conclusion.

The only consistent theme that is repeatedly mentioned by those who responded to this study is the fact that the OCFA needs to make it a top priority to fill our current vacancies.

Battalion Chief Harrison is not a supporter of the 48/96 work schedule. He has the right to his opinion and he certainly is not the only one in the OCFA who opposes this work schedule. However, he should not be entitled to his own set of “facts” which are not substantiated by any of the actual data that exists. And to hand-pick 5% of the membership, who he believes will give him honest feedback, does not even offer the perception of a fair and neutral assessment.
As a manager, Chief Harrison should know better than to produce a one-sided report filled with flawed methodology, false assumptions, and unsubstantiated conclusions.

While we have respect for the 26 years of service that Chief Harrison has provided to the OCFA during his career, the members of our Executive Board - who collectively have nearly 130 years of service in the OCFA unanimously disagree with his article, study, and his conclusion that the 48/96 work schedule is detrimental to our firefighters, the OCFA, and the public that we proudly serve.
We look forward to continuing our work with current OCFA management to make our fire department the premier organization of first responders in the country. Like all fire departments - especially those that have the size, coverage area, and constant demands of the OCFA - we have our share of challenges. But, by continuing to work together, we can overcome these challenges and continue to fulfill our obligations to the communities that we serve while protecting the firefighters that we represent.

Thank you to each one of our members who continues to go above and beyond the call of duty to proudly serve the people of Orange County in a first-class manner. We are proud to represent you and we will continue to fight for you each and every day.

In Solidarity,
Executive Board
Orange County Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3631

CC: Fire Chief Brian Fennessy
OCFA COA President Tim Perkins
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Old 02-09-2019, 17:33
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Default Re: Firehouse Magazine- OCFA 48/96 report.

Does this mean the EFO academy project will get an F? Will Harrison become the first person to have failed the fourth year of the academy?
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Old 02-09-2019, 18:00
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I really don't think that the faculty at the NFA is vetting the research of a students EFO Project.......then again........with the potential visibility of his research paper, making false claims in your research could put his EFO Certificate in jeopardy!
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Old 02-10-2019, 19:12
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Wow, the OCFA really love to eat their own don’t they?!
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Old 02-10-2019, 19:16
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You screw with the union, you get the horns.
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Old 02-10-2019, 20:04
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Sure, if one is actually scared of the union.
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Default Re: Firehouse Magazine- OCFA 48/96 report.

"We have been on a 96/48 since the day we went to this schedule.” - BC Ken Harrison

Bold statement. Strong response by 3631.
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Old 03-19-2019, 22:13
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Scroll down to question 17

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/db5dd...7ec9408407.pdf
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