Fire dept. changes rules after firefighter DWI arrests
The change in protocol comes after three firefighters were arrested for suspected drunk driving during a seven-week period last summer
SAN ANTONIO — For the second time since 2012 Chief Charles Hood has addressed the problem of drunk driving within the San Antonio Fire Department.
SAFD has increased suspension lengths for firefighters arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. A first DWI arrest now results in a 60-day suspension and mandatory alcohol abuse counseling. This suspension length is four times longer than the 15-day suspension previously given for a first offense. A second DWI arrest results in termination.
The change in protocol, rolled out last month, comes after three San Antonio firefighters were arrested for suspected drunk driving during a seven-week period last summer.