|Action||Amend current regulations to include new regulations as a result of legislative changes and changes in the practice of EMS.|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/9/2012|
12VAC5-31-940.B-Drug & Alcohol Testing
I would have to echo some of the previous comments that I have read regarding this proposed policy. I for one, have no problem with the testing; randomized alcohol & drug testing is common place in the military and seems to work fairly well. However, the military service branches are funded by a huge defense budget at the expense of the tax payers obviously. So to get back on point, if each jurisdiction or locality is responsible for the funding of these test, I would have to vote against the testing. Public Safety workers (specifically FIRE/EMS workers) are already getting by on the bare minimum, personnel in many cases are making less money than when they were hired due to inflation, health insurance increases, no cost of living raises etc. Therefore I would have to disagree with this policy change due to the UNFUNDED MANDATE and pressure it would have on the localities that are already depressed due to our current economic situation.