Firefighters in cities that have schedules like the one the administration has proposed say they like it and wouldn't want to change. Indeed, there are some advantages to the 24-hours-on, 48-hours-off schedule, including the fact that firefighters in that system only go to work 120 days a year, compared to 182 or 183 days in Baltimore, a real benefit to those who commute long distances. Mostly, though, the preference probably has to do with what a firefighter is used to. Baltimore's firefighters have set up their lives (and, most pertinently in many cases, second jobs) to fit in with the current schedule. If the situation were reversed, they probably wouldn't want to switch off of 24-hour shifts either.