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More and more, veterans with prostheses are able to return to the fight, whether it’s in Iraq, Afghanistan or back home.








Print this out and post in your quarters. Next time you hear “We don’t need to PT, we’re a busy house”, “It’s too hot out”, “It’s too cold out”, “We’ve been busy, let’s do it later”, “We’ll have to repack all that hose”, introduce the crew to Army sergeant and Capitol Heights Fire/EMS lieutenant Dwayne Frost, Sr.

Frost went to Iraq, left a leg there, and came back home to fight fire.

Video courtesy WUSA9

“While the Army has deemed Dwayne fit for combat, NFPA 1582, the standard that governs medical evaluations for firefighter candidates, does not allow individuals who have sustained injuries similar to Dwayne’s to participate in interior firefighting operations. However, after careful review by the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) and an independent medical advisory board, Dwayne has been cleared to participate in exterior firefighting duties and to provide EMS care.”

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Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department

Images courtesy NARHA, Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Prince George’s County Fire EMS Department.





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3 Comments

  • Nate Q. says:

    Wow…deemed fit for combat by the Army, but not by NFPA?! After reading through 1582, I’m somewhat of a skeptic of this standard’s “certifiable” level of “fitness”. While his injuries technically fall under “category A” conditions (not meeting standard), many things that I consider to be far more dangerous (ventricular arrhythmia…hello?) are only “category B” (if they can meet the job performance req.’s “safely”. How many FF’s do we let slide by everday with potential heart disease, obesity, breathing problems, lack of fitness, etc. while this hero has busted his rear to get back into shape to continue to serve others? I would hope that his organization has enough sense to see that if he can pass the Army’s standards, he’ll probably pass whatever agility/evaluation process they can give him.
    Sorry for the semi-rant, but this hits close to home. A neighboring station in my area has it’s very own “one-legged wonder”. While he lost it in a motorcycle wreck, he showed the same resolve and commitment to returning to duty. His organization gave him the same evaluation that new hires go through, and he passed with flying colors…and was put back on his rig. I’ve workedmany incidents with him, and you can’t even tell he’s got a prosthesis until he bunks down.

    Stong work Brother Frost, you are a true example of what we all should be.

  • Bill Carey says:

    Thanks Nate.
    You’re on target about the ones that slip through with the various medical problems, but I have to say that it was the NFPA that wouldn’t allow Ford to fight fire, interior as noted. The Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department was able to work on the special ruling. Now Ford can layout, throw ladders, vent maybe, and take EMS calls. I’m sure we all have a few in our departments who would struggle do those tasks.

    Bill

  • Dave LeBlanc says:

    But “porky” can eat another donut and be on the first line in…..

    Sometimes I wonder whose interests the “standards” protect.

    Brother Frost, thank you for your service and welcome home.

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