Firefighting

ESTABLISHING A MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

Issue 6 and Volume 155.

BY SANDY DAVIS The fire service in the United States and Can-ada has only recently begun to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy workforce. Is that a fair statement? Do you agree or disagree? If you look at the rationale behind that statement, I trust that you will agree. The ironic fact is that for more than 200 years it has been the duty of fire service personnel to save the lives of the public. However, only in the past 15 years has the fire service become concerned about saving the health of its members. Many of us did not consider how our job affects our health until NFPA 1500, Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program-1997, was established. Even when this standard was established, most departments had to be forced into compliance. If I had a nickel for each time I’ve heard the statement, “We can’t meet NFPA…

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