Warwick: Firefighter medical exams questioned

  • Source: Warwick Beacon
  • Published: 01/08/2019 01:06 PM

Another financial practice of the Warwick Fire Department has raised more questions than answers at this time, as documents outlining negotiations for the 2012-15 collective bargaining agreement seem to conflict with the fiscal reality of what has been funded within the fire department’s budget since then. The line item in question – which is itemized under code 35-335 as “medical examinations” – is used to cover mandated medical tests that veteran firefighters are supposed to undergo each year. In prior contracts, most recently in the 2009-2012 deal, the contract has specifically stated that: “Every employee forty-five [45] years or older may request a complete yearly physical by a doctor of his or her choice, which examination shall include an electrocardiogram, chest x-ray, complete blood count and urinalysis. Also, said employee may request a treadmill stress test...The cost of such examination and tests shall be paid by the City. The medical report to the City of said physical paid for by the City shall be limited to a report on whether the employee is fit and able to perform the duties of said employee’s position.”


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