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Physicals

Annual physicals are a critical component of firefighter health and safety. Medical evaluations can provide early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions and risk factors. Early detection and treatment can in turn prevent line-of-duty deaths, injuries, and disabilities by making sure our personnel are healthy and ready to respond. Below are information and resources to help departments and responders address the issue of firefighter physicals.

NVFC Position Supporting Firefighter Physicals
The National Volunteer Fire Council’s Board of Directors adopted a position to support medical assessments for all firefighters which provides options for departments to consider when developing a firefighter medical assessment program.

A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health, and Survival Section created this guide to assist primary care providers in the evaluation, treatment, and ongoing surveillance of the unique health and wellness needs of firefighters.

NFPA 1582 – Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments
The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1582 standard presents descriptive requirements for a comprehensive occupational medical program for fire departments. Provisions are applicable to fire department candidates and members whose job descriptions are outlined in NFPA 1001, NFPA 1002, NFPA 1003, NFPA 1006, NFPA 1021, and NFPA 1051.

Fire Department’s Guide to Implementing NFPA 1582 – Understanding and using NFPA 1582 and the IAFF/IAFC Wellness Fitness Initiative
Developed by the IAFC, this guide provides information and sample documents to assist with the education and implementation of an annual medical evaluation program.

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