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Physical Fitness On Job / Alexandria Program #254974

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 06, 1978
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(Studio) Growing practice of employers setting up physical fitness programs for employees noted. Report on program of Alexandria, Virginia, fire department
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Alexandria, Virginia) Details with regard to Alexandria, just across Potomac River from DC, given; George Washington was volunteer fireman here. Controversy over present fire department's fitness program, stemming from order of Chief Chas. H. Rule that only nonsmokers can be hired, is subject of report [RULE - cites study made and concerns with regard to smoking and firemen's work.] Opposition of firemen's union to ban noted. [Union attorney David ROSENFELD - cites reasons firefighters feel this is invasion of privacy.] Other questions in issue, with regard to firemen's pensions for early retirement from heart or lung disease and discrimination, detailed. [Recruit Michael WEBSTER - says he wanted job more than wanted to smoke.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Morton, Bruce;
Mudd, Roger

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