Free exams are offered for first responders

ELKINS — West Virginia University Occupational Medicine will be offering free services to all first responders on Thursday.

From 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., first responders — including fire fighters, law enforcement officers, EMS and search and rescue — from across the state are invited to the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins for a free physical examination.

Free services offered will include history and physical exam, vision screening, wellness labs, chest X-ray, audiogram, respirator fit testing, EKG, spirometry and height, weight, vital signs and BMI.

Additional services — including commercial drivers’ license physical exams, lab work, immunizations and TB skin tests — will be offered at a reduced cost.

In addition to Elkins, free services have been offered in Morgantown and Charleston. Lt. Steve Himes of the Elkins Fire Department noted this is to cover as much of the state as possible and provide ample opportunity to all first responders who are interested in the services.

Walk-ins are welcome.