San Francisco Investigating On-Duty Drinking Incident

The San Francisco Fire Department is back in the headlines with another news report about on-duty personnel drinking. The department is investigating an incident that occurred last September at Station 11 where on-duty personnel were hosting a party for a member who was being transferred.

It has been reported that an on-duty paramedic became incapacitated and unable to respond. A number of firefighters have been notified that they are under investigation in the probe.


You may recall some of the other headlines (abbreviated list):

San Francisco Close to Settling Drunk Driving Ladder Case for $5 Million

San Francisco Sued Over Motorcycle Accident

On Duty San Francisco FF Charged with DUI Following Apparatus Accident

San Francisco Investigating FF Ordered to Work Who Missed Run

San Francisco Mayor gets tough on Fire Dept.’s ‘dirty little secret’

SAN FRANCISCO / Fire Dept. sued over alcohol usage / Firefighters, officers want action to stem ‘notorious’ abuse

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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