Health requirements differ for pre- and post-employment members and incumbent firefighters

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Jun 30, 2015

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!

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