BAN IT IN THE STATION - it is no place for it!
Joe, the answer starts with your leadership. I was hired as Chief in 92 and one of the first things I did was initiate a policy of no alcohol in the station. Actually it was very easy since much of the older seasoned guys were no longer in the Dept. I can recall former days when people were drinking (to excess) in the Dept and people actually getting on the trucks this way. This is no longer an issue. We also do not supply booze at any of our functions. Again, it hasnt been an issue as people just arnt bringing it either. I think if your leadership makes a stand and sticks to it it shouldnt be a problem period!
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