In an effort to retain more of Honolulu's first responders, the city and union representatives have agreed on a new pilot program that will bring dramatic changes to the way the Emergency Medical Services first responders are scheduled.
Gone are the traditional daily three eight-hour shifts, and in their place will be two 12-hour shifts.
The reason is too many EMS personal were forced to work double shifts, which led to overworked personnel and poor employee retention.
The hope is that an improved quality of life will help keep workers around. Currently there are 35 vacancies department wide.
The pilot program is scheduled to last for a year in a testing phase and then if successful made permanent. The program is forecast to save roughly 1.5 million in overtime costs.