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BOISE -- Emergency responders in the Treasure Valley will soon have a medical and physical therapy center to turn to with their unique needs in mind.

On Friday, representatives from local fire and police departments attended the groundbreaking of the Emergency Responders Health Center.

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan says the care offered here by a medical advisor will be beneficial in keeping emergency responders healthy and able to do their jobs.

Being a police officer and being a firefighter are both very strenuous and we need to take care of them. This facility will allow us to give them proper physicals and have a wellness center that they can work-out. And have a doctor that knows our job, and knows what goes on, and can take care of our families, said Doan.

The facility is privately operated, and no tax dollars are being spent on the center, which is sponsored by Dr. Robert Hilvers.

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