Detroit Fire Department Cited for Drug Policy Violations

A recent audit found that the Detroit (MI) Fire Department had failed to follow its substance abuse policy.

The general auditor’s report was presented to the a city council committee Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press (, and described how four employees who tested positive for cocaine or high blood-alcohol levels had not faced any disciplinary actions.

The report prompted Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin to reaffirm his commitment to weeding out drug use in the fire department.

The report said that seven workers should have been fired because of drug or alcohol abuse were offered a last-chance agreement to stay on the job, and detailed other instances in which employees failed drug-screening tests.

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