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    Hello everyone, My name is chris and im currently a firefighter in middlesex county nj for about 8 yrs now im am trying to go paid to have the all american dream of becoming a career firefighter now im blind in my left eye "0" visibility and im looking to become a federal firefighter im looking for some advice on it I should even bother ontrying or now according to the physical I would have to pass now my question is, is the physical that I had to take the same as there's? The 20/20 part I have been bind from birth and don't even separate. Me from the average joe I can drive trucks cars anything that moves not a problem I wanna hear what some of you guys think about my issue maybe give me some helpful answers thanks also is the physical a nfpa physical?

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    First trying to go federal will be a problem unless you can find a trainee position or enlist in the service with firefighter slot

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    Do a search there have been some other questions on sight

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    From a former Federal FF for 10 years- I don't think you would be able to pass the vision screening part of the physical, however stranger things have happened. There is a Captain at Aberdeen Proving Ground who had a leg removed below the knee due to diabetes, but returned to full duty with a prosthetic. I wish I could give you the name and number of someone to call to check into the vision thing, but I don't know anyone who could answer the question. You should pose the question in the forums at www.dodfire.com

    I will also say this, NJ is not a good place to be trying to get a Federal FF position right now, with the closing of Ft Monmouth and Willow Grove (Pa.) there are a TON of guys (all on the stopper list) trying to get postions elsewhere. Also, ever since Dix/Mcguire/Lakehurst all merged, I understand there are many unhappy folks and are looking for other positions elsewhere. So unless you are willing to relocate, I wouldnt hold my breath on getting a job in Jersey (or even Pa, Md, De, or NY,)
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    Thanks for the info I will also post in dod but I heard a few weird stories. About guys with out arms and legs but alls I can do is give it a shot my brother inlaw is a federal. Firefighter and a few guys I volunteer with but there all stumped so ill try there and see what happens but thanks for everything and stay safe

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    You need to go to the medical section in the link that 49 posted above- it specifically states you must have correctable vision in both eyes.

    Never heard a story of a Federal FF with one arm. I think it's exactly that- a story.
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