FDNY inaugurates Health Program
Fire Commissioner Edward F. Cavanagh, Jr. has announced that beginning July 18, the New York Fire Department and the Department of Health, in a cooperative venture, commenced what is probably one of the largest single personnel X-ray programs ever undertaken by a municipal agency.
Four mobile X-ray units, under the supervision of the Department of Health X-ray technicians, located at designated firehouse locations each day between the hours of 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., for the purpose of taking chest X-rays of all members of the New York City Fire Department. The units moved on pre-arranged schedules into each of the 13 divisions of the New York Fire Department at two periods each day; The first, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; the second, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Commissioner Cavanagh stated that this program was undertaken upon the recommendation of the medical division of the fire department as a preventitive measure and to safeguard the substantially good health of the 12,500 uniformed and civilian members of the department. Chief Fire Medical Officer Gamliel Saland supervised the program for the New York Fire Department.