Accession Number : ADA607739


Title :   Substance Testing in the Fire Service: Making Public Safety a Matter of National Policy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA CENTER FOR HOMELAND DEFENSE AND SECURITY


Personal Author(s) : Penn, Cherie A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a607739.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 141


Abstract : The state of fire service substance-testing policy nationwide, and what it should be, is the subject of this project. This thesis analyzed 12 substance-testing policies from fire departments across the country. The project looked at the language fire departments were using to convey the intent, process, and consequences of their policy. Common themes emerged as each policy was examined. However, upon closer examination, more inconsistency was found than uniformity. Differences ranged from policy purposes to prevailing guidance to types of substances tested for, threshold levels, and employee treatment, with the greatest difference found in the terminology. As a result of the analysis, this thesis identifies best practices and required components of a standardized national substance-testing policy, and asserts that such a national model should be implemented.


Descriptors :   *DRUG TESTING , *PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT , *POLICIES , PUBLIC SAFETY , STANDARDIZATION


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE