Cadet Screening: Vitals, height, weight, spirometry, vision, and hearing, and Stress EKG exam will be implemented, the occupational health physician evaluates whether they are medically cleared to perform job tasks for firefighting according to National Fire Protection Association standards.
Annual Testing: Vitals, height, weight, spirometry, vision, and hearing and fitness exam will be implemented and based off of those results, the occupational health physician will refer appropriate resources if needed.
The occupational health physician assesses medical and fitness exam during results blood work, and works with employees to achieve optimal health. Based on this assessment, he/she may refer personnel to needed resources. In the hiring process, he/she evaluates whether the candidate is medically cleared to perform job tasks for firefighting according to National Fire Protection Association standards.
For personnel with certain medical diseases, the case is closely followed by the medical team in order to ensure that the personnel can complete job duties in the field.
All personnel will have their vaccinations updated.
The cardiac stress test or "the submaximal treadmill evaluation" is used to evaluate aerobic capacity. For incumbent firefighters, aerobic capacity is measured annually as part of the mandatory wellness exam. The EKG is used as a screening tool for cardiac disease and disorders beginning at 40 years old incumbent firefighters, and is also conducted immediately before all cardiac stress tests. For cadets, the cardiac stress test is used to evaluate aerobic capacity and screen for cardiac disease.
Vision screening is administered as a portion of the medical exam, both pre-employment for candidates, as well as annually for incumbents. During the hiring process, they are conducted to screen for specific visual problems which may impact certain duties. These screenings are continued on an annual basis to allow the occupational health physician to identify changes in visual function or ocular health.
Public safety employees are at risk for occupational hearing loss due to possible long-term exposure to loud noises. Audiometry is a portion of the medical exam conducted during pre-employment to establish a baseline for candidates, as well as annually for incumbents as a screening tool to identify hearing loss. In the event a member needs hearing aids, the screening records are utilized for workers' compensation purposes.
Prior to your hearing exam, please Submit Records Request.
Spirometry testing is administered as a portion of the medical exam during pre-employment for candidates, as well as annually for incumbents. Spirometry tests assess specific factors of lung function for occupational safety. They are continued on an annual basis to allow the occupational health physician to screen for lung disease.