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    Default Getting Hired with a prior Herniated Disc?

    I just got my EMT a few months ago and ended up Herniating a Disc in my back. Should I just forget about every being hired as a firefighter? I was thinking about doing a fire academy but don't want to waste my time if I won't be able to get a job. I have had no surgery and no further problems. I am back to work already. Does anyone know of anyone who has been hired with this issue? Any thoughts? Thank you!!

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    Sorry to hear about your back. As one with back problems, let me tell you that I can appreciate your pain (literally).

    There are a bunch of things to consider here. The first is whether a career as a firefighter is the right choice for YOU. Living with a back injury significantly alters your life. It affects everything you do from the oment you get up in the morning. Is it worth further injuring your back and risking decreasing your quality of life? This is something you should consider.

    The question arises as how you hurt your back? Was it lifting patients as an EMT? Keep in mind that you will ift a ton of patients as a firefighter (depending on where you end up). Even of you don't work in a heavy EMS system, the firefighting equipment is exceedingly heavy. The rigors of an entry-level recruit academy may be too much to handle for a person with a bad back.

    You may want to speak to your doctor and see what he recommends. Was this an isolated injury, or is there a greater chance of reinjuring it?
    Good luck with your decision.
    Paul Lepore
    Division Chief

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