Stage Two: Vision Assessment

Stage Two: Vision Assessment

Candidates must meet the vision requirements as outlined in Chapter Six of NFPA 1582 : Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. 

IMPORTANT: The vision assessment is NOT conducted by OFAI at our test facility. Candidates must take the following vision form to an eye care professional of their choosing for completion and pay the applicable fees associated. Candidates may also have the option to utilize personal extended health care benefits, if available.

Candidates must submit the completed form in one PDF file to vision@ofai.ca for processing.

If the vision form indicates you successfully meet all the vision requirements, a certificate for Stage Two: Vision Assessment will be uploaded to your OFAI account within 72 hours. This certificate will be valid for two years from the date of your assessment, unless otherwise indicate by your health care professional. It is important to note that OFAI will ONLY accept our vision form, and it must be stamped by your optometrist. Failure to submit correct documentation will result in your vision form not being processed. You may be required to return to your optometrist and additional charges may apply.

If you currently have a valid Stage Two: Medical certificate, you are not required to do the Vision and Hearing assessments until your certificate expires.

With this change, there will be three certificates issued for Stage Two. Stage Two will be as follows (and in this order):

Stage Two: Vision Assessment (Two-Year Validity)
Stage Two: Hearing Assessment (Two-Year Validity)
Stage Two: Encapsulated Treadmill Test (Six-Month Validity)

The following outlines the NFPA 1582 vision requirements candidates must meet:

  1. Visual Acuity
    Minimum Requirement:
    20/30 corrected OR 20/40 uncorrected.
    Both eyes tested together.
     
  2. Colour Vision
    Minimum Requirement:
    Sufficient colour perception to safely perform all essential job tasks
    Individuals with abnormal colour perception (i.e. red-green deficiency) do meet the colour vision requirement
    Individuals with monochromatic vision do not meet the requirement
     
  3. Binocular Vision
    Minimum Requirement:
    Sufficient binocular vision to safely perform all essential job tasks
     
  4. Peripheral Vision
    Minimum Requirement:
    At least 110 degrees along horizontal meridian in better eye
     
  5. Ocular Health
    Minimum Requirement:
    Sufficient ocular health to safely perform all essential job tasks
     
  6. Category A Medical Conditions

    The following medical conditions would preclude a person from performing as a member in a training or emergency operational environment.

      • Best corrected distance visual acuity with glasses or contacts that is worse than 20/40 binocular
      • Uncorrected distance visual acuity worse than 20/100 for individuals who wear hard contacts or glasses only
      • Monochromatic vision (resulting in inability to use imaging devices such as thermal imaging cameras)
      • Monocular vision
      • Any eye condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the essential job tasks 
         
    • Category B Medical Conditions

      The following medical conditions, based on their severity or degree, could preclude a person from performing as a member in a training or emergency operational environment.

      • Diseases of the eye such as retinal detachment, progressive retinopathy, or optic neuritis
      • Ophthalmological procedures such as radial keratotomy, LASIK procedure, or repair of retinal detachment
      • Peripheral vision in the horizontal meridian less than 110 degrees in the better eye or any condition that significantly affects peripheral vision in both eyes
      • Amblyopia

      Candidates with a Category B medical condition shall be certified as meeting the medical requirements of this standard only if they can perform the essential job tasks without posing a significant safety and health risk to themselves, members, or the public.

    The following outlines the 13 essential job tasks of a firefighter as detailed in Chapter Five of NFPA 1582: 

    1. *While wearing personal protective ensembles and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), performing firefighting tasks (e.g., hoseline operations, extensive crawling, lifting and carrying heavy objects, ventilating roofs or walls using power or hand tools, forcible entry), rescue operations, and other emergency response actions under stressful conditions including working in extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged time periods
    2. Wearing an SCBA, which includes a demand valve–type positive-pressure facepiece or HEPA filter masks, which requires the ability to tolerate increased respiratory workloads
    3. Exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and nonbiological hazards, and/or heated gases, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA
    4. Depending on the local jurisdiction, climbing six or more flights of stairs while wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, weighing at least 50 lb (22.6 kg) or more and carrying equipment/tools weighing an additional 20 to 40 lb (9 to 18 kg)
    5. Wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, that is encapsulating and insulated, which will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate core temperature to levels exceeding 102.2°F (39°C) 2013 Edition 1582–10 COMPREHENSIVE OCCUPATIONAL MEDICAL PROGRAM FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS
    6. While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, searching, finding, and rescue-dragging or carrying victims ranging from newborns to adults weighing over 200 lb (90 kg) to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility
    7. While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, advancing water-filled hoselines up to 21⁄2 in. (65 mm) in diameter from fire apparatus to occupancy [approximately 150 ft (50 m)], which can involve negotiating multiple flights of stairs, ladders, and other obstacles
    8. While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, climbing ladders, operating from heights, walking or crawling in the dark along narrow and uneven surfaces that might be wet or icy, and operating in proximity to electrical power lines or other hazards
    9. Unpredictable emergency requirements for prolonged periods of extreme physical exertion without benefit of warm-up, scheduled rest periods, meals, access to medication(s), or hydration
    10. Operating fire apparatus or other vehicles in an emergency mode with emergency lights and sirens
    11. Critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments, including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces, that is further aggravated by fatigue, flashing lights, sirens, and other distractions
    12. Ability to communicate (give and comprehend verbal orders) while wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA under conditions of high background noise, poor visibility, and drenching from hoselines and/or fixed protection systems (sprinklers)
    13. Functioning as an integral component of a team, where sudden incapacitation of a member can result in mission failure or in risk of injury or death to civilians or other team members 

    IMPORTANT:  The Stage Two: Vision Assessment form must be submitted in order to receive your OFAI certificates. It is YOUR responsibility to manage your testing process. If you proceed with you Stage One and Two testing without submitting your vision form, OFAI will not post ANY CERTIFICATES to your account until the vision form has been submitted and processed. Additionally, you will not be permitted to proceed with your Stage Three testing, unless you have successfully completed and submitted your vision assessment form.

    Please Note: These rules do not apply to renewals. Once you have passed all OFAI assessments once, they can be completed in any order.

     

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