Fire Shifts is a simple app that shows your current schedule as color coordinated Android app. It is intended to be as simple as possible.

Fire Shifts Calendar Setup

View this Tutorial to learn how you can customize your Calendar using our Fire Shifts-Free or Fire Shifts-Pro Applications.

Version 1.3.x and up have new options!  Pro version syncs with your calendar. When it starts up, it looks at your calendar for the year.

Fire Shifts-Pro to Google Calendar Sync Setup

View this Tutorial to learn how you can sync your Google Calendar to your Fire Shifts-Pro Calendar.

If a day has these keywords – symbols:

  • Trade Off – To
  • Trade Work – Tw
  • Training – T
  • Payday – $
  • Vacation – V
  • Holiday – *
  • Appointment (or appt or appoint) – a
  • Overtime – ot
  • On Call (or oncall) – oC
  • Kelly Day – +
  • Event – eV
  • Debit Day – dd

So, for example, I add in my Android calendar on July 4th:  Holiday – Independence Day!

Fire Shifts will show a * on that day:

This works for anything on your calendar. Just put those keywords in your titles and Fire Shifts will place a marker on your Fire Shift calendar.

Fire Shifts updates when you change your rotation of your screen.  If you don’t see your calendar updating, flip it to the side, then back upright.

Add the Fire Shifts US Holidays Calendar to Fire Shifts-Pro:

1. Sign into your Google account.
2. Go to your Google Calendar Page.
3. On the bottom left, click on the small tab beside “Other Calendars.”
4. Select “Add by URL.”
Other Calendars
5. Right click and copy this URL.
6. On your Android device, check that the “Fire Shifts US Holiday” calendar is synced and visible.
7. Open Fire Shifts-Pro, and “Update Calendar.”
8. You should see the corresponding holidays from the Google Calendar marked on your Fire Shifts-Pro app by the “*” symbol.

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  1. matt jones says:

    I have a droid x and have attempted numerous times to have my pay day show up on the shift app to no evail. I was wondering if im doing something wrong by chance? I’ve followed your instructions on the link and put the symbol and/or word for payday in but it still doesn’t show up on the calendar in the app. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

  2. Will says:

    Only reason I purchased was for Google sync, but I want the app to show C shifts on my calendar, not to show the stuff from my calendar in the app…

    • Will says:

      The way the Facebook app shows birthdays

    • Kevin Jordan says:

      Yeah, Fire Shifts only syncs Google Calendar to Fire Shifts.

      Easiest way to add your shift to your Google calendar is to figure out how many days in your rotation, then set it up as a reoccurring event. Set the Repeat to ON, and Daily. Change the Daily to the number of days in your rotation.

      So, if you are On/Off On/Off On/Off Off Off Off. (10,10,10000)

      Setup 3 days.

      April 1st = C shift – Repeat every 9 days, forever
      April 3rd = C shift – Repeat every 9 days, forever
      April 5th = C shift – Repeat every 9 days, forever

      Then your calendar will be correct forever.

  3. matt jones says:

    Hey kevin, no it doesn’t show anything I put in my google calendar. I’ve tried putting every option in and it doesn’t show it on the calender app, even if I update the calendar or flip the phone to its side and back. Its not a big deal to me, im just curious as to why it wont work. If ya find out anything just let me kno. Thanks man

  4. walter says:

    how do I change the chift labels to rearrange A, B, and C shifts?

  5. Craig Campbell says:

    Great app. I live in New Zealand, where I ama Paramadic. I a on aAABBCCDD shift cycle and was able to have things setup in 5 mins. only problem was one of our shift colours is brown, so used grey. Thanks for the app.

  6. alex says:

    My department requires us to do 2 days a month on call, you should make it so I can show my on call days

    • Kevin Jordan says:

      Just updated the app to allow “On Call” in your google calendar to show up as “oC” on your Fire Shifts app.

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  8. Alex says:

    I purchased pro and it is not syncing to my google calendar. I checked the events online and they are there. I am sure I am using the pro and not the free version. I have a Samsung Infuse SGH-I997 with Froyo 2.2.1. I have restarted the phone, closed the app in task-manager, flipped the phone on its side, etc. I added an event and added “eV” at the end of the event title like the tutorial says and it’s not working. I’ll ask for a refund and purchase later if it works or is fixed. Just to confirm, we cannot add events from our fireshifts calendar correct? That would be great is so.

    • Kevin Jordan says:

      Hi Alex,

      I’m not sure why it has trouble with the Infuse, but I am checking into it.

      Unfortunately at this time you can not add events from the app itself, only the Google calendar.

  9. Jeremy says:

    I am looking for a schedule that works for 12hrs. We work Mon and Tuesday then of wed Thursday then work Friday sat and sun. Then off Mon and Tuesday and work wed and Thursday and then off the Friday sat and sun. We have 4 shifts day and night.

  10. Adamrt says:

    I have added events to my Calender but they appear the following day on the app???

  11. kenny says:

    Would it be possible to add an icon foe military days. That way i can sync it to fire shifts. It would help out tramendasly lol.

  12. will says:

    It will not sync to my google calendar.I’ve tried all the code letters and then updated.no luck.

  13. Manny G says:

    Is it available for a Blacberrry?

  14. Manny G says:

    Is it available for Blackberry

  15. John says:

    Can you include an AADDCCBB repeating shift pattern. Thanks John

  16. Matthew Rodriguez says:

    Any estimation of when the calander will sync with ICS.

  17. john butorovich says:

    Work for LACoFd, and the shift #11 with an offset of 2 is way off, need help


  18. bjrobson says:

    Bought this app fire shift pro it won’t work can’t get it to like up to any Calender

  19. bill says:

    Can you please add a sync feature to include debit days. Debit days are days are extra days I have to work in addition to my normal shifts.

  20. Matt Rodriguez says:

    ETA on when it will synchronize with google calander when running ics?

  21. M Steele says:

    Awesome App. I love the Pro to sync!! Keep up good work.

  22. Msche says:

    I loved using this app with my Droid X, however that phoned died. Is this app available for the iPhone?

  23. Joe says:

    I have to say that this app hasn’t worked well for me. I have an android razr, when I try to sync it doesn’t do well for me. For example, I can’t make my Kelley day repeat every third week (Monday is my day) because there is no option for that on my calendar. I wish I would have realized this BEFORE I purchased “pro”. I would rather have an app that you worked with direct rather than having to sync through another calendar. Oh well, it was a $2 learning experience.

    • Kevin Jordan says:

      Hi Joe,

      Sorry it didn’t work out for you. If you email me at kevin at fireshifts.com I might be able to help you use one of the customized calendars to put in the day off automatically.

      Otherwise, to make every 3rd Monday off as an reoccurring event, you’ll need to go into your gmail calendar on a full computer. Set the Repeat to weekly, then choose 3. It should make an event on your google calendar repeating like you need it. Just name it Kelly and Fire Shifts Pro will bring load it every 3rd Monday.

      Hope that helps. If it doesn’t contact us and we’ll refund you.

  24. Jared says:

    Bummer…. only reason I paid for this version was to be able to switch my days right on the app. Like, if I took vacation or made a trade. I don’t want to use Google calendars, I just wanted to be able to customize my 48/96 shift within the app. Guess I should have done more research.

  25. Andre Loayza says:

    Have ICS 4.0.4 and calendar doesn’t update all events, any ideas?

  26. Dan V says:

    I recently upgrade to the pro version and it will not sync with my Google calendar, tried everything? I have an Android HTC My Touch and have looked at the Tutorial with NO LUCK!!! Money down the drain…

    • monica says:

      Hi Dan,

      I’m sorry you can’t get it to sync.We haven’t had any other My Touch owners with issues as of yet and will look into it.

  27. Duane says:

    Upgraded to Droid 4 and now my google calendar is not syncing with pro version, suggestions?

  28. Robert Keith says:

    I would really like to be able to scroll farther into the future. Two years would be adequate, but three would be great.

  29. Jason says:

    I bought and downloaded the Pro Version so that it would save me a ton of time and sync with Google Calender but nothing is showing up for shifts that I am working on my Google Calender account. I checked the box and synced Fire Shifts and Google also. Nothing is being transferred either way, from the app to calender or calender to app. Not sure what to do to get my work days to show up, this was the whole reason I paid for the app. FYI Samsung Galaxy S3, running 4.1.1

    • Kevin says:

      Hi Jason,

      The app only transfers certain phrases from event titles on your Google Calendar to your Fire Shifts Calendar. It doesn’t sync your everyday shift calendar to Google Calendar or vice versa. You create an event on your Google Calendar with the phrase on the left, and the corresponding symbol shows on your Fire Shifts app:

      Trade Off – To
      Trade Work – Tw
      Training – T
      Payday – $
      Vacation – V
      Holiday – *
      Appointment (or appt or appoint) – a
      Overtime – ot
      On Call (or oncall) – oC
      Kelly Day – +
      Event – eV
      Debit Day – dd


  30. Karl Smith says:

    I can not get it sync w/ google calender. Can you help with this? Like the app. Not any good to me if I cant update or sync

  31. Damian says:

    Hi, We do 2 days, 2 nights, 2 off. What shift type relates to this? Thanks

  32. Greg Grisier says:

    My dept is starting this in July but our schedule is as follows for three shifts. Starting monday is ABCABBBCABCAAABCABCCCfor a three week period. The three shifts in a row are the weekend( fri, sat, and sun). Do you have something for this.
    Thank you

  33. James Fritz says:


    Is it possible to have a “Callback” option added to the Google sync? We have both overtime and a callback option, which are separate for us, plus ALL my callback is listed that way in my Google calendar! Thanks, James

  34. Adam says:

    Is there a way to get your calendar to sync with my Google calendar, it would be nice if I could get my B shift to sync with my Google calendar

  35. Drew says:

    I have a Motorola Defy/ android phone with Google calender and Fireshifts Pro. When I enter my vacation in calender then sync to Fireshifts, the V only shows up on the first day only.

  36. Chris says:

    I can’t get my google calender to sync up. it shows up on the settings and the calender is checked. it just doesn’t show on the calender

  37. Paul says:

    Great, I set my Goggle cal to sync with Outlook and I can add to fire cal from Outlook using correct phrase.

  38. Jamie says:

    Can you get trade on (to) shifts and overtime (ot) shifts to match the onduty color instead of showing up an the same color as an off duty day?

  39. Bobby Coleman says:

    My CalendaR Doesnt Show Dec 30 Or 31

  40. Cristi says:

    Can this great app work for iOS or could u guys make it for it 2? I wait ur answer. Thx and have a good day.

  41. Brett says:

    when I copy and paste the URL to my “other calendars” on my google calendar I get an “import failed, invalid URL” message.

  42. mark says:

    Still kind of lost on step 6 don’t get where I should go for that

  43. chris cooney says:

    Hi folks is there a way or can the developer add a way where you can have this have an indicator for such things like a payment being due for such as rent/Mortgage/car/utilities??

    • Kevin Jordan says:

      Hi Chris,

      The app is only geared towards work related items. In the Pro version you can see items such as overtime-OT, Vacation-V, etc.

  44. Steven says:

    i work a rota of 2 on, 3 off, 2 on (week 1) 2 off, 3 0n, 2 0ff (week 2) then back to week 1 again.
    is there a way i can customise the app to this rota?

  45. ron says:

    I synchronized my shift and it won’t stay. When I want to use it, it’s all out of order. What’s the deal?

  46. chris says:

    I work a 48 hours on with 72 hours off and Tuesdays as a Kday all ways being of but in April it will change work group to being off on thursdays is there a way to sef the calendar. To stay current till april then show my new schedule starting on the new one in April?

  47. Adam says:

    I was just wondering if you were in the works to add this app to windows phone’s. I used to have an Android and loved this app, actually this app was one app that about made me change my mind on not getting the windows phone.lol. I would really really really really love for you guys if you did add this or at least consider it. Is there any app close to this in the windows store?

  48. Shawn says:

    How about a widget that has the current month showing? So when I open my phone it is right there

  49. James Thompson II says:

    I am getting ready to move to a ambulance that works 14 hour shift and the rotation in 3 on, 1 off, 3 on, 7 off which of the set up can I use for that

  50. Mike V says:

    Is there anyway we can add an out of class symbol if it’s not already in place (maybe ooc or oc). Thanks

  51. Jim says:

    Can you add SK for sick days or sk days? We do not have “Kellys or personal days” at the LAFD.


  52. Dusty says:

    I just downloaded the app for iPhone and the color options for days isn’t coming up to change. Any suggestions?

  53. Chris C says:

    Hi folks I have the Pro version. Question is there a way I can set up this calendar to run both my schedule for the F.D. and my E.M.S. Shedule or set it up to where I can have one f.d. calander and one ems one

  54. Robert Waldron says:

    My fire shifts will not show up on my Google Calendar after attempts to sync.

  55. Joey says:

    Could you possibly add a North – N and South – S to the calendar events for different stations. Great app

  56. John says:

    I work for Fdny EMS a platoon how do I make this schedule with double double single and shows me what days I’m off for A

  57. Keith F. says:

    I have a galaxy s5. My calendar no longer updates when I put in overtimes, etc. Is there an update or a fix?

  58. Johnathan says:

    Recently my fire shifts free freezes when opening and will either say not responding or will start working after a minute. I have uninstalled and reinstalled with no change. It has served me well up until this. Any suggestions?

  59. chris cooney says:

    Hi Kevin I just got a motorola Droid Turbo 2 and just like my droid max it will not sync with my google calender. I have tried everything in the tutorial to no avail. I am pretty sure I still have the pro version.

  60. Gretchen says:

    Until recently, all of my events showed up on the fire calendar without issue. Now, vacation days, appointments , and events show up fine. Trades and overtimes do not. I have double checked my codes and I’m entering the right letters. Advice?

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  62. Jo says:

    When I make changes on the preferences the changes don’t appear on the calendar when I go back to it…?

  63. Mabel Sabina says:

    Hi I just noticed that my calendar it is cutting off the last week or days of each month I do not see the whole month, Is anyone else experiencing this or can you tell me how to fix it. I have a Note

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  65. Claire lu says:

    Hey, I’m using the app on my iPhone and it’s been great. However it stopped working. Not sure if is doing that to other iPhone users but if you could fix it that would be great thanks

  66. FFvan says:


    I’m having the same issue with the app not working on my iPhone since I upgraded to iOS 11.

  67. Michael says:

    I’m experiencing the same issue with it not working with the new update for the iPhone.

  68. Aubrey Johnson says:

    The app is no longer working on my iPhone 7. It’s just a black screen and then closes. I’ve restarted my phone and tried reinstalling the app twice now.

  69. Philip says:

    I have iPhone 6s. Using the free version. When I open it up I get a black screen and nothing. I have uninstalled it and not made a difference

  70. Diego Martins Franco says:

    Hi, I live in Brazil and I downloaded Fireshifts on my iPhone. The point is that here in Brazil we use three colors on our schedule: Green, Yellow and Blue. The problem is that I am unable to set the colors and change them according to my region. How can I solve this problem?

  71. Steve Petersheim says:

    I use the iPhone app on a daily basis. When will you be adding the ability to edit colors on the iPhone?

  72. Sarah Hall says:

    Hello! My calendar seems to be stuck on January 2020 – instead of 2018. I’ve tried deleting app, redownloading it, etc. anyone else having this problem? I have iPhone 8

    • Kevin Jordan says:

      There was a bug with iOS that I fixed over the weekend. Apple published it in their app store yesterday. It should be working for you now. The other option is to update your iOS to 11.2.5 or greater.

  73. Nick Carter says:

    Just got the Galaxy S9 and having problems with the app wanting to sync with Google calendar

  74. Maria says:

    This app is no sync yo my Google calendar information. How do I get it to work?

  75. Christopher Doyle says:

    I am going to work a 2 on, 2 on, 4 off schedule. I don’t see this schedule? Am I looking at the preloaded schedule wrong? If there isn’t one, can I entered one?

  76. Stephen edgerton says:

    Can you add Acadians 24 hr schedule? ABCABCBCABCABABCABCAC

  77. Matthew D Morris says:

    Is there a way to put the fire shifts calendar on your Google calendar on your phone for the Motor play 2 phone

  78. Thomas Taskis says:

    hi my calender only now shows up to 28 days Max per month is there any way to correct it? It was fine before so not sure what has happened

  79. James Mihalka says:

    Can you add SK (sick day) to your list of days. I work for LACity and we don’t have “Kelly days) so it creates some confusion when I have to use that for a

  80. Aaron says:

    Can’t get it to sync with my Google calendar. Pretty frustrating..

  81. Dan Blanchette says:

    The app keeps crashing withing seconds of opening on my Galaxy S10

  82. rebecca riedel says:

    I need a 4 on 2 off schedule

  83. Wendy says:

    Nothing will stay synced in my fire shift calendar. I tried adding my kelly day to my Google calendar but it won’t sync to fireside calendar. My payday will if I hit upgrade to pro (which I have done several time) but when I close out of the app and go back in it deletes everything and I have to go back to upgrade to pro. Something is wrong with the app.

  84. Jacob Toevs says:

    Hello! Long time user first time writer. My department switched to a new schedule format that isn’t currently and option. It is called the “Blaufuss”. Pretty sure our office administrator created it at the Wenatchee Valley Fire Depth, Wenatchee WA. It is three platoon with kellys, 1 on, 3 off, 2 on, 3 off, then repeats. ABBCAABCC. It would be awesome if you guys could create this option. Thank you.

  85. Chris B says:

    The app isn’t available for the new Samsung S24 Ultra. The play store app states not compatible…will this be fixed?

  86. Jason Noble says:

    I have used your App for over 10 years on an Android phone. I am transferring over to an IPhone 13 mini and downloaded the app but I can’t edit the colours or labels with the message More settings coming soon?

    Is it not available to work properly on an IPhone?

  87. Phil Wyatt says:

    I have just bought a Samsun Galaxy s24 ultra and am unable to install fire shifts free. It is running Android 14.
    The app was working perfectly on the old S21 Android 13.
    Are you able to offer any advice?

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