Testing began on September 23 when 20 firefighters were randomly selected from 3 firehouses. On day one, Commissioner Roderick Fraser joined the firefighters in Charlestown for the testing.
Alcohol results were available immediately while drug tests were sent to Occupational Drug Testing LLC to test for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, opiates, and alcohol. If firefighters test positive, they are suspended without pay for 30 days and must complete a treatment program to return to the force. A second positive allows for dismissal.
The results were released to the Globe after they filed a freedom of information request. The department initially refused to release the results due to concerns over the privacy of the firefighters.
The Globe article did not explain whether the results they were given included firefighters names.