Firefighters’ union leader: Would Supes pass the drug test?

Firefighters’ union leader John Hanley was none too happy with members of the Board of Supervisors who introduced three proposals Tuesday that would impact firefighters, including one about booze.

Supervisor Chris Daly introduced a “Zero tolerance for firefighters drinking on duty” measure for the June ballot that would amend The City’s charter to make it unlawful for any uniformed member of the Fire Department to consume or be under the influence of alcohol while on duty.

Hanley said, “I don’t know where [Daly’s proposal] came from.”

“My firefighters submit to an alcohol and drug test. I would hope that the Board of Supervisors would adopt a similar policy. We haven’t had a positive test in years. I wonder if the Board’s results would be as good as ours,” Hanley said, when asked to respond to Daly’s proposed charter amendment.

Daly told the Examiner it wasn’t any specific incident that prompted him to introduce the measure, but said he had a “general cause for concern” and also referenced a number of news articles dating back to 2005 that said there was a problem with firefighters drinking on the job and Mayor Gavin Newsom vowing to ensure no public safety workers booze on the job.

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