Alleged Drug Use Among New Britain Firefighters Raises Questions About Testing

Many Connecticut fire departments have policies that would have detected early on the apparent on-the-job drug use that had occurred in New Britain, officials say.

“It’s scary,” said Alan Zygmunt, public information officer at the Connecticut Fire Academy. “Anything that undermines the public trust is always a tragedy for the fire service.”

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart this week released the findings of an administrative investigation that showed the firefighters, most of whom had the rank of driver or lieutenant, used Adderall, cocaine, marijuana, heroin or fentanyl, at least three times while on the job. 

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