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Fitness test for officers, firefighters
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McMinnville officials will be looking at an agreement Tuesday night that will require fit-for-duty physicals by all authorized emergency personnel employed by the city.Under consideration is a service agreement between the city and The Prevention Group, doing business as Lifesigns, to provide physicals every three years for employees in the fire and police departments, excluding clerks and administrative staff.Currently, the city has 30 employees at McMinnville Fire Department and 31 employees at McMinnville Police Department who will be tested.McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton and McMinnville Fire Chief Kevin Lawrence would be included as those who would be tested.“There were discussions about excluding us,” said Denton. “Even if it wasn’t required, I would have taken the physical. I want to send a positive message to the troops.”A member of the department since 1982 when he began as a patrolman, Denton says physical testing has been discussed over the years.“We’ve talked about the need for testing since the ’80s.