Reno hopes to change RFD alcohol and drug policy

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Updated: 6/23/2014 8:23 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & 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."
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fastd - 6/23/2014 10:22 PM
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No,brobo3 I don't belong to a union or have any association with the fire department or any government official other than being a citizen.I just like getting all the facts,nobody tells half the story because they're trying to help you out.As I stated,this was a contract,negotiated and agreed to by both parties.I just want to be informed of the context under which both signing parties thought this was a good idea.Journalists should not be cherry picking the facts and taking sides.I gave up on the Reno facebook Gazette because they started taking sides and withholding information that would allow the Citizens to make informed choices.I want facts and the truth not to be led around by my nose and told only want others want me to know.

Reality Check - 6/23/2014 9:34 PM
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Why didn't Dwight Dortch want to review this policy 12 years ago when he took office with this part time job? Timing is very suspect. Typical politics.

shazbatt - 6/23/2014 9:13 PM
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Agree wholeheartedly with you fastd. Hopefully the info ch 4 news gave was woefully abbreviated and not the whole story.

brobo3 - 6/23/2014 8:11 PM
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Wow, fastd sounds like a union member.

freedomrings - 6/23/2014 6:57 PM
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How about if they don't cooperate we trash the filthy scum-sucking union and fire every single fire fighter.

fastd - 6/23/2014 6:55 PM
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You guys are really on a mission of spreading misinformation.I say that because you are running this with no context of what the policy actually is.A report was just released showing that respect for the press is at an all time low,this kind of reporting is why.What's the policy that addresses the alcohol and drug levels that the city council has to be at to serve.Are they going to step up and lead by example.This is not some political game where you should be taking sides.People could die due to lack of service thanks to the cronyism that is going on here.Why are you not addressing the fact that the city negotiated,voted and signed this contract,were they too drunk or high to know what they were signing.As the saying goes"have you no shame".

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