SEDONA AZ (August 31, 2011) – On September 12, 2011, the Sedona Fire District will begin a 60 day trial period in which it will expand the Monday through Thursday business hours of its administrative offices from 8 AM - 5 PM to 7 AM - 6 PM and will close its offices on Fridays. The first Friday closing will be on September 16, 2011.
The four day work week has become fairly common among city, county, and state governments. Locally, the City of Sedona and Yavapai County has adopted Monday through Thursday business hours for the summer. Many of the City’s customers are also customers of the Sedona Fire District, and have requested earlier and later hours Monday through Thursday from SFD as well.
“Customers are looking for earlier and or later Monday through Thursday hours so that they have more availability outside of their standard working hours to conduct business,” said Karen Daines, Fire District Business Director. “Customers like that the services they would otherwise have to take time off from work to take advantage of they could be dealt with on the way to and from work.” Additionally, because the District deals with contractors who need to have plans reviewed, apply for permits, etc., this clientele typically works early morning hours and has expressed a strong desire for our offices to open earlier to better accommodate their schedules.
In addition to the customer service improvements cited previously, the District hopes to derive the following benefits from the modified schedule:
- Reduction of energy usage resulting in cost savings; no longer needing to keep the lights on or heat and cool offices from Friday – Sunday.
- Reduction of sick and vacation leave usage; employees do not take as many partial days off for doctor’s visits or other routine appointments. They can schedule those items on Fridays so that this type of leave time almost disappears.
- Reduced fuel costs for employees as a result of less commuting; particularly in light of higher gas prices.
- Fewer commuters on the road resulting in less vehicle emissions and the ancillary environmental benefits derived from that.
During the 60 day period, District staff will be assessing the desirability and effectiveness of the new schedule, both from the perspective of the District’s customers and its employees. It will also be measuring changes in its energy consumption and associated costs. For additional information contact (928) 282-6800.