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Welcome to the Department of the Interior Wildland Firefighter Medical Standards Program

The Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service share core expectations for arduous duty wildland firefighters which make up the essential functions of arduous duty. Due to the expectation of arduous duty wildland firefighters to perform the essential functions safely, in any environment and in a moment's notice, the Department is authorized under 5CFR 339 - Medical Qualification Determinations to require Medical Standards for fire positions considered arduous.


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Program Objectives


- Ensure arduous duty wildland firefighters are medically
qualified in accordance with 5CFR 339 (Medical Qualifications Determinations) to perform their tasks safely in any environment at all times without hazard to themselves or others.
- Administer, manage and coordinate a medical standards program across DOI wildland firefighting agencies.
- Facilitate multi-level risk mitigation/waiver process across DOI Wildland firefighting agencies for individuals not meeting one or more medical standards.
- Utilize workforce health data to: identify emerging health trends; regularly validate the Federal Interagency Medical Standards; and help maximize OWCP cost containment efforts.
This website is designed to provide DOI MSP guidance and information. Please see the Program tab at the top for Fire Season 2016 information. The toolboxes on the left side of each page are designed to help you navigate the Risk Mitigation/Waiver process.


If you have any other questions please contact the DOI MSP Customer Service: wlffcsr@blm.gov or (888) 286-2521.



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