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Fire EMS: Fairbanks (AK) Firefighters to Respond to Drunk Calls

In a policy change that has riled some, Fairbanks (AK) firefighters will be responding to calls about intoxicated people. The new policy is drawing criticism from rank-and-file firefighters, who say driving possibly hostile people to the sleep-off facility at Fairbanks Correctional Center falls outside their training and job description, according to a report from the Daily News - Miner (http://bit.ly/GDPgBV). Under the old policy, Fairbanks firefighters--all of whom have emergency medical training--responded to serious medical calls involving intoxicated people who were unconscious or unable to get up. The new policy, which has the support of the mayor and police chief, gives firefighte...

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