Fire fighters are the first responders to car crashes, and there’s no doubt that any fire fighter on active duty would have seen their fair share of drunk driving crashes. That’s why it’s hard to believe that any fire fighter would make the choice to drink and drive.
But that seems to be what happened in Regina, Saskatchewan recently, and it was a big enough deal within the Regina Professional Fire Fighters Association that it was released as a news article.
According to the article there was a golf tournament that was held in Regina that a lot of fire fighters attended. Following the tournament, several members of one detachment went to a local bar and were kicked out for being disruptive. Not long after, police were called again to another bar the fire fighters went to.
The problem? The fire fighters had to get from point A to point B somehow, and the consensus at the department was that they drove from the golf tournament to the first bar and then onto the second bar. That’s what prompted the Fire Fighters Association to send out a letter. It warned its members that they should be examples for the general public, and if they made the choice to drink and drive, they weren’t being a great example.
If they didn’t call a cab or a sober friend, these wouldn’t be the first fire fighters who made the decision to drink and drive. The issue is that, when you’re a public servant, you’re expected to know better. Even if they were off duty, there’s no excuse for someone in that type of employment to drink and drive.
In this specific case they’re very fortunate they weren’t stopped by police and arrested, because if responding to emergencies is part of your job, it’s very difficult to be quick when you have an ignition interlock on your vehicle.