Safety is a top priority for the Seattle Fire Department. The Department has a zero tolerance policy on the use of drugs and/or alcohol while on duty. In addition, the fire company officer conducts a daily “fit for duty” check of all firefighters at the beginning of each shift. The fire company officer looks for any signs of impairment that could potentially prohibit a firefighter from performing his or her duties.
We evaluate off-shift conduct on a case-by-case basis when determining whether to place any restrictions on a member’s work duties, including driving. The Department is in the process of reviewing and updating its policies related to members with driving–related offenses or arrests to ensure that we maintain our goal of keeping the public and our firefighters safe.