If you're planning to become a firefighter, you may soon need EMS certification to join the ranks. EMs certification is being proposed as a job performance requirement (JPR) in the upcoming edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications.
While some groups are supportive of this proposal, others argue that EMS certification is a costly, time-consuming requirement that puts unfair demands on firefighters, particularly volunteers; it takes two years to receive the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) EMT certification.
Do you think all firefighters should be required to be EMS certified? Only career firefighters? Neither career nor volunteer?
Tell us your thoughts and let the Technical Committee for NFPA 1001 know where you stand on this issue, which has the potential to impact all U.S. firefighters. The deadline for providing Public Comments is November 16. Submit your comments through our process so you can be part of the decision - Your Voice Matters!