Medical Disqualification Question
Good Morning All,
I have a question to ask you all for your opinion and the future of my career as a firefighter... I have recently been diagnosed with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation which comes and goes at random times... I am not too familiar as to what the triggers are. My doctor has put me on a small drug regiment of Flecainide 50mg (once in morning/ once at night).
My question is, would ANY department hire me if I have this condition? Would they hire me if I did a procedure (Ablasion) and show that I have been cured by not showing symptoms for X amount of months? I looked in to the NFPA guidelines of a firefighter and it was stated below what category I would fall in:
(NFPA 1582, B-3.3.2)
4.4 Disqualifying Medical Conditions
Category A Medical Conditions: A medical condition that would preclude a person from performing as a fire fighter in a training or emergency operational environment by presenting a significant risk to the safety and health of the person or others. A candidate shall not be certified as meeting the medical requirements of this standard if the physician determines that a candidate has any Category A medical condition specified herein.
Category B Medical Conditions: A medical condition that, based on its severity or degree, may preclude a person from performing as a fire fighter in a training or emergency operational environment by presenting a significant risk to the safety and health of the person or others. A candidate shall not be certified as a meeting the medical requirements of this standard if the physician determines that the candidate has a Category B medical condition specified herein that is of sufficient severity to prevent the candidate from performing, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of a fire fighter without posing a significant risk to the safety and health of the candidate or others.
4.4.7 Heart and Vascular System.
Category A medical conditions shall include:
a) Current angina pectoris.
b) Left bundle branch block or second degree Type II atrioventricular block.
c) Myocardial insufficiency.
d) Acute pericarditis, endocarditis, or myocarditis, Chronic pericarditis, endocarditis with resultant significant valvular lesions, or myocarditis leading to myocardial insufficiency or excludable arrhythmias.
e) History of myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass, or coronary angioplasty.
f) Cardiac pacemaker.
g) Recurrent syncope.
Category B medical conditions shall include:
a) Significant valvular lesions of the heart including prosthetic valves.
b) Coronary artery disease.
c) Atrial tachycardia, flutter, or fibrillation.
d) Third degree atrioventricular block.
e) Ventricular tachycardia.
f) Hypertrophy of the heart.
g) Recurrent paroxysmal tachycardia.
h) History of a congenital abnormality.
I) Any other cardiac condition that results in a person not being able to perform as a fire fighter.
Any Info or suggestion about my dream career is much appreciated very much! I just want to know for sure from other firefighters that I can keep pursuing my dreams or continue down another path. Thank you all for your time and hope to hear some feedback!