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John K. Murphy's Blog – June 2014 Archive (3)

Zero Tolerance for Alcohol and other Intoxicants - Policy Required

As a retired Deputy Fire Chief, Attorney at Law and health care practitioner, I read with great interest the most recent postings on all of the fire service media related to Reno Fire Department's negotiated Policy agreement to allow firefighters to report to duty while impaired. This Policy negotiated in 2002 between labor and the City allows the following levels of drugs and alcohol in a firefighter’s blood (add on descriptors are authors notations):

City of Reno limits for a…


Added by John K. Murphy on June 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Public Safety Employees First Amendment Rights Protected - Stronger Whistleblower Protection

Just when you were thinking you had some protection when you reported wrongdoing in your department, the Supreme Court ruled recently there is a stronger shield for public employees from punishment or terminations if they testified in court against their superiors. As a firefighter, your First Amendment rights protects those who tell the truth and reveal corruption and your First Amendment Rights are found in the Bill of Rights (of the US Constitution) and prohibits the making of any law…


Added by John K. Murphy on June 20, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Mentorship and Fathers Day

It's not enough to just thank our dads for what they have done for us throughout out lives. We also have to look at how they influenced our lives in the areas of a work ethic, honor, honesty, spirituality, the love of a woman (his wife and my mother) and sportsmanship. One of the most important traits I learned from my father is to pass on your knowledge. He always stated it does no good to hold on to the things you learn. He always shared his knowledge so others may benefit from…


Added by John K. Murphy on June 15, 2014 at 2:39pm — No Comments

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