Firefighter Classification System
The Firefighter Classification System is a toll to be utilized by the department in determining health related capabilities for firefighting. It should be used in conjunction, by the department, with other factors such as experience, need, and observation in action to determine appropriate assignment of the individual during department activities. The status of a Firefighter may change in the interval between examinations which may affect fitness.
– Class A: Internal Structural Firefighter – No limitations on firefighting duties.
– Class B: External Firefighter – One or more safety or health issues identified. The use of a respirator is limited to emergency conditions only in which the air may contain toxins. It is recommended that the use of respirator be restricted to 30 minutes or less.
– Class C: Support Member – This classification is reserved for members who may work at the fire scene, but whose limitations in one or more categories would prevent them engaging in any activities directly related to fighting the fire. (ex Fire Police)
– Class D: Administrative/Social Member – Should not participate in any capacity at an active fire scene. They are limited to administrative and/or social activities.