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.
- 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?
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