Wake County EMS currently uses all 12-hour shifts.

Shifts are subdivided into daytime, nighttime and peak load. Start times are staggered to smooth shift transition.

Peak load shifts run 12 hours out of each day. They also have staggered start times, which include 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.



Paramedics and EMTs are permanently assigned to day shift, night shift, or a peak load shift. Employees may submit for transfer between each of those assignments, which are awarded based on availability and the needs of the system.


We work very hard to accommodate preferences, but we reserve the right to reassign employees across the shifts based on the needs of the system.




During the Academy, employees are assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) on whichever shift their FTO is on. Most often, that is a 12-hour day shift, but may be any of the other shifts. At the completion of the Field Training and Evaluation Process (FTEP), the new employee will be permanently assigned to a new shift based on the needs of the system. We give as much consideration to preference as possible.