Amputees Challenge NFPA 1582

NFPA Standard 1582 is up for comment in June thanks to some of these individuals


A Gilbert, Arizona firefighter is the latest known firefighter with a prosthesis who is having to challenge National Fire Protection Association Standard 1582, “Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments”. The standard prohibits those with amputations from conducting firefighting operations.

“Firefighters rally behind Gilbert fireman dealing with rule barring amputees from job” The Arizona Republic

“LA Amputee Firefighter Determined to Work in the Field Again” The O and P Edge, 2006

“Bromsgrove amputee is firefighter of the year” BBC, June 2010

“Amputee Firefighter Back to Work” Associated Press, August 2010

“Iraq War Veteran and Amputee Resumes Firefighting Career” WTTG, August 2010

“Area Firefighter Using Prosthetic With V-Hold Technology” KCTV, November 2010

“Lawrence firefighter using first-of-its-kind prosthetic technology” Well Commons, November 2010

“Firefighter offers hope to fellow amputee” Napersville Sun, May 2011

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“Excuses” Backstep, August 2010
“Safety is Relative” Backstep, March 2011



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Dave LeBlanc
Who Looks After The Victims?
Dave - I think the reason there is a debate is because the message is so contorted. From those that have chosen to manipulate the information to suit their position, the the ISFSI own website saying different things about what the tactics truly are. I agree 100% with giving everyone the information and letting them…
2014-11-20 22:06:56
Dave Skidmore
Who Looks After The Victims?
I'm glad you identified the "one issue no one is discussing, the lack of manpower on scene". My department runs a single apparatus, staffed with a minimum of 4 guys sometimes 5, with our second due being either our paid call or mutual aid - either option realistically being 10 plus minutes behind the first…
2014-11-19 22:01:40
Heath Smith
Who Looks After The Victims?
Great article Dave. I agree with your comment that "they became traditions because they work." And yes if you change the focus from life safety to your own safety how about holding a town meeting and letting those you swore to protect know whats going on, I am sure they will see your point!
2014-11-19 19:28:21
Ron Ayotte
Who Looks After The Victims?
Excellence as usual, Dave.
2014-11-19 03:39:35
Ron Ayotte
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David... excellent series.
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