Physicals ordered for Virginia volunteer firefighters
The News & Messenger
March 27, 2009
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors has passed an
ordinance ordering mandatory physicals for volunteer
The decision comes after the November death of Dale City
44-year-old Cecilia Turnbough.
She collapsed and died during a training exercise.
The death was attributed to a previously undiagnosed heart
according to a February report issued by the Prince William
Department of Fire and Rescue.
Kevin J. McGee, chief of the department, is a strong
supporter of requiring
the mandatory health checks for volunteer firefighters, said
Prince William County spokeswoman.
Until recently only career firefighters, who operate as
were subject to physicals.
Fire departments across the county have been asked to submit
plans as to how
they will facilitate the medical screenings.
The emergency ordinance will be active for 60 days, after
which time members
of the Prince William Fire and Rescue Association has an
opportunity to vote
the requirement to be permanent.
McGee also serves as the chairman of that association.