NFPA 1582 Firefighter Physicals Available at Springfield Urgent Care Locations in Michigan
Firefighters are among the real-life superheroes in our community. We depend on them to save the day whenever fire threatens lives and property. Indeed, firefighters routinely put their own safety at risk, but they shouldn’t put their health at risk because of an undetected medical condition. That’s why Springfield Urgent Care is pleased to offer firefighter physical exams that conform to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 standards.
We provide firefighter physicals and appointments can be scheduled anytime during our daily extended hours, 7 days a week at all of our urgent care locations in Michigan. Same day appointments are usually available but we ask that you specifically request the NFPA 1582 so that we schedule adequate time and resources. Our wait times are short, and we also offer an online check-in service that allows our patients to save their place in line before they arrive. For firefighters, this means Springfield Urgent Care offers a convenient opportunity for them to meet NFPA 1582 firefighter physical standards, even if they have a jam-packed work, school, and family schedule.
The Importance of Getting a Firefighter Physical
Putting out fires is a physically demanding job, and firefighters must be able to safely handle heavy equipment and work in extreme heat while wearing protective gear that adds many pounds to their body weight. Firefighters may also respond to rescue calls, which often involve working in harsh environments and bad weather.
According to the NFPA and other sources, about half of all on-duty firefighter deaths are caused by cardiac events that occur when firefighters with underlying health conditions are exposed to the highly stressful demands of their job. The goal of NFPA 1582 is to evaluate through diagnostic testing and a physical exam whether individuals are physically fit to meet the requirements of the job. Moreover, the NFPA 1582 standards conform to the relevant standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and are appropriate for all firefighter classifications, from full-time career firefighters to on-call volunteers.
What to Expect With a Firefighter Physical at Springfield Urgent Care
Our clinics have the highly qualified medical practitioners and on-site lab testing and X-ray equipment to provide firefighter physicals that meet NFPA 1582 requirements. When you turn to one of our urgent care locations for a firefighter physical, you can expect your visit to include:
- A physical exam
- An evaluation of your personal health history
- A review of your vaccination record, with possible recommendations for updates
- Blood testing and urinalysis
- Pulmonary function testing
- Respirator fit testing
- A chest X-ray
- An electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Cancer screening
- Tuberculosis and hepatitis screening
- Hearing and vision tests
- Clinical guidance on sleep apnea
Firefighter physicals are among the many occupational health services available to walk-in patients at Springfield Urgent Care locations throughout Michigan. For more information about our firefighter physicals or any of the many other non-emergency medical services we offer, contact us today.