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Within NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, there are 13 essential job tasks firefighters must be able to perform to become a firefighter. Certain pre-existing health conditions, such as monocular vision (a.k.a. vision in only one eye), use of a hearing aid, and a history of seizures, prevent pre-employment members from becoming a firefighter. Meanwhile, incumbent firefighters who develop one of these conditions may remain on the job.

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  • Should there be a different set of health requirements for pre-employment members and incumbent firefighters?
  • Should incumbent firefighters be expected to meet the same standards of employment as pre-employment members?
  • Should medical conditions accepted for post-employment firefighters also be accepted for pre-employment members?
  • Are there circumstances where there should be exceptions to the current eligibility rules?
  • What are your recommendations on addressing this issue?

Let us know your thoughts on this issue, so that your thoughts and perspectives can be heard! Public Inputs on NFPA 1582 can be submitted through July 6. Your Voice Matters!

To learn more ways you can participate in our codes and standards, visit Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters.

NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, is facing issues that directly impact firefighter health and safety. Read on to learn what’s at stake, and make sure your opinions and perspectives are heard! Public Inputs on NFPA 1500 can be submitted through July 6.

Work Hour Requirements

Right now, NFPA 1500 does not set requirements on the maximum number of hours a firefighter can work within a given shift. Clock

  • Do you think there should be a requirement on the maximum number of hours a firefighter should work in one shift? If so, what do you think the maximum should be?
  • If you don't there should be a requirement, why?


Exposure Control

While we know that cancer-causing toxins and carcinogens remain on firefighters’ PPE after fighting a fire, there’s still much question as to what cleaning and maintenance procedures are needed to minimize firefighters’ exposure to these toxins.

  • What cleaning, maintenance and training requirements/procedures should be included in NFPA 1500 to minimize firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and toxins?
  • What flaws do you see in current cleaning/maintenance requirements that can be improved?
  • What changes in NFPA 1500 would better protect you?

Pump & Roll

NFPA 1500 requires all firefighters be seated and belted while riding aboard a fire apparatus. NFPA 1906 has approved an exception to this requirement, which accommodates a new fire apparatus designed specifically for fighting wildfires. The change in NFPA 1906 could directly impact the current NFPA 1500 requirement.

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  • Do you think it’s safe for firefighters to ride unseated and unbelted in specific fire engine designs?
  • Do you think the proposed change should be accepted? Why or why not?

Let us know your thoughts on these important NFPA 1500 issues. Your Voice Matters!

To learn more ways you can participate in our codes and standards, visit Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters.

Each year when we promote fireworks safety, we get a lot of flak from people who think our stance is downright absurd. In response to yesterday’s Facebook post, which stated that there’s no safe way to use consumer fireworks, one person commented, “That is the dumbest statement I’ve read today, I’ve never met one person injured by fireworks.”

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Anyone who tracks fireworks injuries knows that thousands of people are, in fact, injured from fireworks each year. Many of those injuries are serious or even fatal. Just this past weekend in Michigan, a 47-year-old man died when a large mortar fireworks shell he was holding next to his head exploded.

According to Walled Lake, MI, Police Chief Paul Shakinas, when first responders arrived, they found the man unresponsive, not breathing, and suffering from severe trauma to the back of his head.

“Hands down, the worst I’ve ever seen,” Shakinas said. “I’ve seen (fireworks) accidents, but never causing a fatality. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Firefighters and first responders can attest to the damage fireworks cause each year. An article in today's Boston Globe today reinforced that message. According to Rick DeLorie, Wellesley, MA, fire chief and president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, firefighters respond “to all types of fires and medical emergencies” over the holiday because of fireworks. “In fact, July 4 is the busiest day for fires after Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Massachusetts officials also noted that over the past year, rescuers have responded to several fireworks incidents resulting in car and home damage, serious burns, and, in one case, the amputation of a person’s hand.

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