Debunking NFPA 1582 myths - All firefighters are held to the same standards as a firefighter candidate

Blog Post created by jmontes Employee on Dec 1, 2017


In my recent NFPA Live I discussed the release of the 2018 version of NFPA 1582; Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. Specifically I talked about the layout of the document, some of the requirements that have been updated, and I debunked some of the myths surrounding it.


One of the myths I often hear about this standard is:  If you're not a firefighting candidate, 1582 requires you to be held to the same standards as a firefighting candidate. This is false. Watch the video clip above to see my full answer!


John Montes is an Emergency Services Specialist at NFPA, and Staff Liasion for NFPA 1582.  NFPA Live is an interactive video series in which members of NFPA staff address some of the most frequent topics they receive through the Member's Only Technical Question service. If you are currently an NFPA Member you can view the entire video by following this link. If you're not currently a member, join today!