JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - While many people enjoyed their Labor Day holiday, others had to work.
People in hospitals, the military, law enforcement, and first responders have a job to do, no matter
what day it is.
"Most emergency services you look at any day 24/7 365, so if an incident happens we're here, ready to work," said
Lonnie Brandt, C Shift Supervisor.
On Labor Day and any other day in Jefferson City, 19 firefighters work 24 hour shifts. Whether it's time to sleep, eat, study,
work out, or work in general, these crews spend it together.
"We don't run skeleton crews, we don't short cut what we're trying to do to serve the public, so everyone showed up today to work their regular time, did their regular assignments, and duties for their full 24 hour shift, working on Labor Day just like it was any other
typical Monday," said Brandt.
"You're around your second family more or less, so they take care of you as well," said Clint Hays, a firefighter and EMT.
Even though it's a holiday, Hays said he's thankful to be working. He said it's important all crew members show up to work.
"Well this job is a very difficult job to get hired into, so it's hard to get hired on. I feel very fortunate to work, and working on a holiday doesn't bother
me at all," said Hays.
One good thing about the Jefferson City Fire Department is that they know what days they have off whether it's a holiday or regular day a year or two in advance so they're able to plan time with family.
Jefferson City fire crews work 24 hour shifts every other day, followed by several days off.