from TC on theysaid, 10/20/04:
Below are my opinions on the Drinking issue. I've run them by the Human
Resource folks on my forest and they agree.
The Government cannot control your actions when off duty, outside of
However, Fire Camps are considered Government Facilities. As such:
- Drinking in Fire Camp is not allowed, either on or off Duty.
- Being under the influence of alcohol (Drunk) in a Fire Camp is
allowed either on or off duty. So Crews or individuals returning to
camp after partaking may be subject to this.
- Motels paid for by the government, whether on per diem or pcms
card, are an
extension of the fire camp.
- Supervisor’s & Camp Security have been trained (or should be) to
the symptoms of someone under the influence. While this may not be
to stand up in court, it is enough to require further testing, send
home, or reassign them to other duties.
The socializing / crew cohesion part of this is important, however it
should take place on home unit, after hours, and off base, keeping in
you need to be fit for duty your next work shift (and not hung over).
Also, if a Fire call comes during one of these crew drinking events, you
would be unfit for duty and should turn the assignment down, or be
to an adverse action.
Whether or not you agree with any of the above is not important. What
important is a number of both Type 1 and 2 IC’s, as well as Human
Specialists, have and will continue to take action in these situations.