Random drug and alcohol testing begins for Boston Fire Department members

According to an article on Boston.com, the city began random drug and alcohol screening of firefighters Thursday morning.

The Globe reported that all firefighters passed the portable breath tests and results of the drug screenings will be available within a few days. Fire Commissioner Roderick Frasier was one of the first department members to be tested when he showed up at Engine 32 in Charlestown.

“I thought it was the right thing to do to show that I believe in the testing program…It’s a good thing, it’s being conducted properly, and that guys shouldn’t have anything to fear. I’m willing to do it, too.” Frasier told the Globe.

According to the Globe article, “[t]he firefighters’ contract allows for a number of random tests each year equivalent to the size of the union, which currently has about 1,450 members. Companies will be selected for screening by a computer at random, which means some firefighters could go an entire year without being tested while others could be tested several times.”

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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