The Road Map replace The Guide to NFPA 1581
In 2013, “The Fire Department Guide to NFPA 1582” was deployed to provide fire depart-ments with a tool to better understand and use the NFPA 1582 “Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments”. In 2015, the Safety, Health and Survival Section, with support from the IAFC, took on the challenge to gain a better understanding of the status of firefighter specific medicals in the U.S. Fire Service and to find a way to get every firefighter an annual medical.
As part of a Fire Prevention Grant objective of rewriting the original Fire Department Guide document, the Section SME members analyzed the relevance of the material and supporting documents in the Guide. The assessments took into account the ongoing updates to NFPA 1582 and the usage of the Guide. Usage of the original Guide shows a continued use, with some 10,000 downloads of the document since its deployment. In comparison, under a newer deployment concept, the SHS FSTAR Healthcare Providers Guide has had over 13,500-page views in less than eight months.