Every firefighter in British Columbia must undergo a mandatory firefighter pre-employment medical in order to show they are fit and healthy enough to perform their duties safely.
Pre-employment medicals take about an hour and adhere strictly to the NFPA 1582 health and safety standards adopted by the National Fire Protection Association.
We also offer periodic medical exams to fire halls and fire chiefs looking to monitor and maintain the ongoing general health of their firefighters.
Periodic medicals are not mandatory, but should be because of the unique health risks associated with firefighting and to maintain a healthy and effective team.
We also offer a mobile periodic medical exam service where our team of doctors and nurses set up a temporary clinic and examine your staff on-site.
We review the general health of a firefighter applicant, look for pre-existing medical conditions and establish a medical baseline for ongoing monitoring
We also identify any problems that could affect an individual in relation to their work and safety
The physical includes the following:
- A personal medical questionnaire
- A full physical exam
- An audiogram (hearing test)
- Visual acuity testing
- Colour vision testing
- An ECG/EKG (Electrocardiograph)
- Spirometry (A lung function test, where necessary)
The physician’s report specifies if a prospective firefighter meets the required standards and to what level
It is not a complete disclosure of the applicant’s medical history
The process is very similar to a pre-employment medical exam except it is ongoing and includes three levels of escalating service: FIRE FIT, FIRE FIT PRO and FIVE ALARM FIRE FIT
Each exam is a personalized health solution for employees with different needs
Here’s what you get with each of the plans:
A personal medical questionnaire
An in-depth review of your family history and risk factors
A physical exam
Visual acuity testing
An ECG/EKG (Electrocardiograph)
Spirometry (A lung function test)
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Bend and Reach testing
Complete blood testing
FIT testing (colon cancer screening using stool sample)
*If you are a first-time firefighter participant under the age of 45 we recommend the FIRE FIT periodic medical exam
FIRE FIT PRO
All the elements of FIRE FIT
PLUS a CT cardiac calcium score to assess heart disease risk
FIVE ALARM FIRE FIT
All elements of the FIRE FIT and FIRE FIT PRO plans
PLUS a colonoscopy (when age, sex and associated risk factors determine need)
*If you are over the age of 45 or have significant risk factors we recommend the FIVE ALARM FIRE FIT periodic medical exam
Contact our Richmond office, schedule an appointment and we’ll send a mobile medical clinic to your location where our team of doctors and staff will examine your firefighters on-site
NOTE: You need a minimum of 10 employees to qualify for this service