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Survey says 40% of Detroit firefighters have witnessed drinking on the job

Audit was ordered after two recent crashes involving firefighters accused of drinking on duty

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Shawn Ley & Dane Kelly, WDIV-TV:

According to a new environmental audit at the Detroit Fire Department, 40% of firefighters have witnessed drinking on the job.

The audit comes after a party was held at a fire station house party, where the department said on-duty firefighters were drinking. An emergency call came in and the first to arrive was crashed a heavy rescue truck into a parked car. The department said he was drunk.

About a week later, an overnight chief couldn’t be reached to manage fire crews. He was found trapped in a department vehicle that crashed. He was arrested for drunk driving.

The city took action and interviewed hundreds of firefighters and EMS workers to find out what they think about a number of issues — including drinking.

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