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    Smile Pre-existing medical condition...


    I've got 4 vertebrae fused, this is listed as Category A in NFPA 1582

    I've read all the threads concerning previous medical conditions, NFPA 1582, Category A vs. B, but I'm still a little confused regarding a few points...

    Do all departments use and adhere to the NFPA 1582 in full?

    Would a note from a spinal specialist affect the decision process?

    I've been working as an EMT for two years and looking at the possibility of getting a job in the fire service.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    The NFPA 1582 will be changing again this year. Some department abide by NFPA differently. I know in our department we have had 2 firefighters fused at single levels and one could not come back and the other one probably will not come back. I have had 2 back surgeries and the next surgery I will have to be fused. I am not sure if I will ever go back(I hope I can) but on the other hand I know I am on borrowed time if I go back. With you already have had a fusion you will be on borrowed time. Just my opinion, get down on your knees and pray, and let God lead you. Remember your back will not let you bend like a normal back and just as lifting patients it is hard to lift with you legs, and with pulling victims out, throwing ladders, crawling pulling hose, and training in general is done mostly with your back. I am in no way trying to discourage you, but I personally would pray for guidance. Remember just my opinion. Good luck!!

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