Breathalyzers Ordered for Firefighters

Saturday, Sep 24, 2011  |  Updated 7:52 AM EDT
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U Street Firefighters in Hot Water

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More than a dozen D.C. firefighters are in trouble after beer was found in the firehouse fridge.

Chief Kenneth Ellerbe temporarily shut down Engine 9 on U-Street in Northwest Thursday afternoon.  He ordered 15 firefighters to undergo a breathalyzer test.  None of them tested positive for alcohol, and the station was reopened a couple of hours later.

Ellerbe says the beer may have been a gift from grateful neighbors, but the firefighters should not have accepted it.  He says the community needs to know that first responders have their safety in mind.

The station's command staff is expected to face disciplinary action.

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