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Call To Action re: FF Training (The Secret List)

     

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hey,

Here is a CALL TO ACTION related to Firefighter training:

Fairfax, Va., Feb. 6, 2013 - The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is asking all members (and of the fire service) to provide public comment in support of a temporary interim amendment (TIA) currently under consideration by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Technical Committee on Firefighter Training. The proposed TIA seeks to ensure that candidates participating in an NFPA 1001-compliant training program are physically capable of doing so through the completion of an NFPA 1582 physical.

Public comment is being accepted by the NFPA through February 13.

Background

The 2008 edition of NFPA 1001 included the requirement that individuals meet NFPA 1582 prior to participating in an NFPA 1001 training program. In 2012, the NFPA 1001 Technical Committee voted through appropriate process to remove that requirement and inserted new language.

The new edition was intended to create greater flexibility to AHJs in addressing disabilities at the local level but created the consequence of substantially altering the requirements for candidates, and it places a significant burden on certifying health-care practitioners. The language in the new edition is confusing in that it requires job-specific evaluations without actually requiring a medical exam ever be performed.

The TIA, submitted by the chair of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, seeks to return the 1001 standard to its 2008 language.

The leading cause of death among firefighters is cardiac-related events, accounting for nearly 50% of all fatalities annually. On November 9, 2008, a volunteer firefighter who hadn't received an NFPA 1582 physical before participating in an NFPA 1001 training program died while participating in training. In its recommendations, the NIOSH report describing the event specifically cited the importance of an NFPA 1582 medical exam to reduce the incidence of similar events.

Act Now

IAFC members are strongly encouraged to submit public comment supporting the language proposed in the TIA. Submit comments via email to tias_errata_fis@nfpa.org; please identify the TIA number (#1087) in the subject line and in the body of the email. Comments can also be sent by mail to NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471.

The closing date to submit comments is February 13, 2013. If you have any questions concerning the content of the proposed TIA, please email Battalion Chief Matt Tobia : FdTobia@aacounty.org, who is Chair of the IAFC Safety, health and Survival Section.

Take Care-be careful,

BillyG

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