Second Detroit firefighter suspended for drinking and driving
DETROIT – For the second time in a week, a member of the Detroit Fire Department has been suspended for allegedly drinking and driving on the way to a run. WXYZ Detroit said Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones announced the final suspension on Monday after an incident over the weekend that involved a firefighter serving as deputy chief.
“These incidents are being dealt with. The driver was arrested last night, ”said Jones.
The acting captain was involved in a car accident on Milwaukee Street and at the lodge when he went on a call.
“The vehicle hit the fence and almost drove onto the freeway,” said Jones.
According to the department, the acting captain served for decades and is stationed from the fire station on Second Street. The firefighter was arrested for drinking and driving and the incident is also being investigated by the fire department.
“We are starting our disciplinary process. He’s also suspended. The penalty for consuming alcohol on duty is dismissal, ”Jones said.
The most recent incident came just days after another firefighter was suspended for allegedly drunk driving a fire truck. In this case, members of the department were attending a dinner party when a call came in. The 26-year-old who drove the fire truck had been drinking at the party and allegedly hit a parked car when he arrived at the scene.
Jones says the department is not represented by the actions of these two firefighters and that the “vast majority” of its members are those who can be celebrated for putting their lives on the line every day.
“We respond to runs where people have consumed alcohol and have been involved in fatal accidents. We know better and we will do better, ”said Jones.
A press conference is currently planned to address the problem and inform all DFD members that there will be consequences for similar measures. Members of the fire service union are also expected to speak at the press conference.
No criminal charges were brought against either of the two firefighters as of Tuesday.
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