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.”