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Mar 7-17, 2024

Vol. 25, No. 2

California fire departments are slowly catching up with other states when it comes to providing annual physical exams to firefighters. What’s long been practiced elsewhere due to the higher prevalence of health issues such as cancer in firefighters is new in local cities, including Santa Maria. The Santa Maria Fire Department implemented an annual physical exam with the help of federal funding, but with that grant’s expiration, the department needs extra dollars to keep the program going. Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor speaks with fire departments in Santa Maria and beyond to understand the issue and why it’s important [6].
You can also read an update on what’s happening with the groundwater adjudication lawsuit in the Cuyama Valley [4], about why the Wildling Museum decided to change its name [18], and what’s on the menu at T’s Red Tacos [21].

‘Long overdue’

Santa Maria Fire Department implements annual physicals and seeks additional funding for preventative care

By Taylor O'Connor



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