As a physician and as a firefighter, I am keenly aware of the risks common to all who serve in the fire service. Fire commissioners are uniquely responsible for creating the policy for the health and wellness of their firefighters, selecting the medical services that are part of examination...
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RAYMOND BASRI, MD, FACP, is in the private practices of internal medicine and diagnostic cardiology in Middletown, NY. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and president of the Mid-Hudson section of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Basri was elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2001. In addition to his private practice, he is clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College, an attending physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center and on the consulting staff in cardiology at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. Dr. Basri is a 20-year member of the Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company in Middletown and a deputy fire coordinator for Orange County. He is the senior physician of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT NY-4) and the chief physician for Health & Safety Specialists in Medicine, which does onsite medical examinations for the fire service, and consultant to FirePhysicals.com. Dr. Basri wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Brad Pinsky, Esq., Ray Maguire, G. Mark Davis and Dr. Jack Ruthberg, MD. Defendable Criteria: Best Practices