RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- News 4 met with Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez on Tuesday to discuss the policy
that allows Reno firefighters to be on the job while alcohol -- if their blood alcohol content level measures below 0.08 -- marijuana, or even cocaine is present in their systems.
The policy was negotiated between fire unions and the City of Reno more than a decade ago; and Hernandez made it clear that just because firefighters can have these substances in their systems, does not mean they are. In his four and a half years as chief of Reno Fire, Hernandez said he has only utilized the policy three times. He also says if an employee is in violation of the policy, they want it reported.
"If a co-worker or a front line supervisor suspects that one of his employees or one of his team members may be under the influence, he picks up the phone, he initiates the process, we get that person tested and it's either positive or negative," said Hernandez.
But will there be an effort to change Reno Fire's drug and alcohol policy? News 4's Ryan Kern will have that answer tonight on News 4 at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tonight on News 4 at 6 p.m., we will dig deeper into the Lemmon Valley incident
in which an injured man was left stranded for more than an hour after Reno Fire chose not to assist in lifting the patient. We'll hear from Chief Hernandez on why Reno Fire will no longer respond to certain calls and how they plan to handle incidents similar to what occurred in Lemmon Valley in the future.
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