FDNY firefighters in the Bronx and citywide to be randomly drug tested

Following a series of substance abuse incidents involving members of the FDNY, the city has decided to randomly drug test firefighters.

The decision comes just two months after officials say a firefighter from the Bronx tested positive for cocaine after crashing into another fire truck en route to a call. Eleven people were injured including nine firefighters.

FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says the policy is about keeping firefighters and the public safe. Mayor Bloomberg has allocated $500,000 in his 2005 budget to be used for the tests.

Police officers, sanitation workers and parks department employees are already required to submit to random testing.

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