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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