In North Kingston, a Rhode Island town about twenty miles distant from Providence, the Town Council decided that having their firefighters switch to a 24 hour schedule would be a wonderful idea.
The new structure (2011) would move firefighters from working 10- and 14-hour shifts to 24-hour shifts (10-hour on-duty day shift followed by a 14-hour on-duty night tour) with the following 48 hours off, averaging a 56-hour work week. Though this would be 14 hours more a week than what NK firefighters currently work, there would be no extra compensation for those hours. The structural change would also reduce the number of platoons in the department from four to three.
Sometimes we think that because we are firefighters we are invincible. But look at what happened in North Kingston. The Town Council there decreed that their firefighters would work when they said they would work, and if they didn't like it they could quit, there's plenty of people out of work who would love to take their jobs. (paraphrased)
The politics of firefighting is more difficult than fighting fires. At least fires are eventually brought under control, politics and polititians never are.