RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- City officials hope to negotiate alterations to a policy where Reno firefighters can work with a blood alcohol content level of .08, and can be under the influence of marijuana, amphetamines and cocaine.
City Manager Andrew Clinger said the change is a high priority. "Myself and anybody else who looks at it will say this is crazy, we should have a zero tolerance and we don’t disagree. It is something that we have to negotiate with the unions at this point, unfortunately."
Clinger said it is too early to know if fire officials and union representatives will cooperate with the potential changes. Regardless, the city manager does not want the public to think firefighters are working drunk and high just because the policy exists.
"We train our employees to recognize the signs of impairment, and they are empowered to see someone that is impaired and act on that," said Clinger.
The policy was negotiated between fire unions and the city in 2002. "Obviously, we want to be reasonable with our employees," said Clinger. "At the same time to have any sort of tolerance for alcohol and drugs, in my opinion, doesn’t make any sense."