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    Default anyone know about type 1 diabetics as paid firefighters?

    My dad is a firefighter and is always something that i have wanted to do. The only problem is last year i was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and i am insulin dependent. Considering i am in good shape, and could pass all physical tests, would this affect my ability to be hired?

    I am from Northern NJ, and that is where i would be looking for a job

    Does anyone know any type 1's from that area, or in general, who are paid?


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    My FD has a Firefighter with type 1 diabetes. He has an insulin pump and no issues.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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    I know guys who are career firemen with type 1 diabetes. Its no longer an automatic DQ in NFPA 1582. Stay in shape and take care of yourself.

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    Guy i went through the academy with (FDNY) has type I diabetes and carries an insulin pen. Wasn't an issue as long as he passed the medical requirements.

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