Cal Fire Cracks Down On Alcohol Consumption At Ione Training Accademy

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Cal Fire Cracks Down On Alcohol Consumption At Ione Training Accademy

For the second time in three years, Cal Fire is cracking down on alcohol consumption at its training academy in Ione. Cal Fire Deputy Director Michael Mohler announced the discipline of 14 firefighters on Thursday that stems from a report the academy received in September about several firefighters allegedly drinking alcohol outside of the academy campus. Mohler said candidates attend daytime training events, but can leave the facility for meals or errands. They’re considered on-call and are being paid when they’re not training, and are expected to avoid alcohol. The candidates caught in the recent crackdown were in an engineer training program. Mohler said the department’s investigation is not yet complete, but it’s moving forward with disciplinary actions that range from warning letters to demotions and termination. Nine limited-term fire fighters, who do not have full civil service protections of permanent, year round firefighters, have so far been terminated. Thursday’s announcement echoed a 2015 scandal in which the California Highway Patrol uncovered widespread drinking, cheating and sex-related misconduct at the academy. That investigation led Cal Fire to discipline or terminate 15 employees.