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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. The Department is authorized under 5CFR 339 - Medical Qualification Determinations to require Medical Standards for fire positions considered arduous.


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The DOI Medical Standards Program exists to:


- 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 Exam Process tab at the top of this page for Fire Season 2017 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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