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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009

Fitness test for ambulance drivers causes uproar

Daniel’s Harbour, Nfld. — Ambulance drivers in Daniel’s Harbour are upset about the mandatory fitness tests ordered by the town council last month. The 10 drivers will take the tests but are unhappy the requirement was introduced without them being consulted, said a spokesman. The town’s mayor, Steve Kerry, who is also an ambulance attendant, said he felt at least three attendants would not pass a fitness test and he’s worried the town could be sued if attendants injure themselves, or others, while working. The provincial Department of Health doesn’t require ambulance attendants to prove their ability, leaving the decision up to operators. Kerry has said any attendants who fail the test will be let go.

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