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David J. Dunville

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Amputee Support Coordinator

Local Address:  Detroit , Michigan , United States
H-Care (Hurley/Binson's Medical Equipment)

Employment History

  • Amputee Support Coordinator
    Amputee Coalition of America
  • President
    Amputee Firefighters Association
  • National Director
    Amputee Firefighters Association
  • Director
    Amputee Firefighters Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

15 Total References
Web References
Leadership - About Us - Amputee Coalition, 16 Oct 2013 [cached]
David J. Dunville Amputee Support Coordinator
inMotion: They Just Want to Do Their Jobs, 22 Sept 2012 [cached]
David Dunville, national director of the Amputee Firefighters Association (AFFA), says there are two issues that arise when firefighters, police officers and EMTs with amputations try to return to duty. One is the interpretation of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.
"Most states go under the NFPA," says Dunville. "One part of the standards state that, to become a firefighter, your ankles have to be able to move or the wrist has to be able to move. And that right there means that anyone using a prosthesis, which doesn't have an ankle or a wrist, can't pass."
However, requalifying personnel who lose limbs after passing the initial test is left to local jurisdictions. In some cases, possibly where concern has been expressed over the liability involved in returning firefighters with limb loss to active duty, NFPA standards may be strictly adhered to. "The interpretation of those standards is the problem," says Dunville.
Dunville himself is another example. He was a firefighter for nearly four years until an accident in the fire station led to the amputation of his lower left leg in 2003. He has not returned to active duty. "I'm still trying to get back," he says. "Unfortunately, it always seemed that whenever I got the door open, it got shut because, 'Now we have this question...' They just like to find new hoops for me to jump through."
Dunville says that departments supportive of returning personnel may not strictly follow the NFPA standards or will interpret them favorably, because they see that the standards don't adequately take into account the functionality of modern prostheses.
David Dunville with Karen Scruggs and Kim Duckett, CP
David Dunville (L) with Karen Scruggs,
"The NFPA does not review prosthetics," Dunville says.
David Dunville expresses mixed feelings about this dilemma. "God bless the federal government for providing military personnel the equipment to return to active duty," he says. "But when military personnel are encouraged to return to duty, and contract or federal firefighters who are amputees have insurance that won't pay for the right type of prosthesis or are being turned down for promotions, then the government is sending mixed messages. They have set up a very confusing situation. And that needs to be fixed at the national level."
Through the AFFA, Dunville is advocating for a federal standard that would apply across the board, developed through input from lawmakers, public safety personnel and makers of prosthetic components. "What would be the ideal for me," says Dunville, "would be to bring the fire chiefs' association, the police chiefs' association, all the associations to a large facility and have a conference at the same time as the Amputee Coalition conference.
According to an Amputee Coalition news ..., 27 Aug 2012 [cached]
According to an Amputee Coalition news release, the Manassas, Va-based Coalition's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee (SciMAC) recently added new members Troy Turner, David Dunville, and Stella Sieber to its existing 12-member committee.
Dunville is also an Amputee Coalition-certified peer visitor and works as an amputee support coordinator for H-Care, Hurley/Benson's Medical Equipment, Inc. Dunville is also president of the Amputee Firefighters Association, the Coalition adds.
The release reports that in their new roles, Sieber and Dunville will each serve as consumer representatives.
That didn't surprise former ..., 26 April 2008 [cached]
That didn't surprise former Michigan firefighter Dave Dunville, director of the Amputee Firefighters Association, an advocacy and support group with nearly 400 members.Many amputees are driven to prove themselves and overcome the misconceptions people have about their limitations, said Dunville, who lost part of his left leg in a line-of-duty fall.
"We need to stop seeing people as handicapped or not," he said.
ACA Advocacy - In the News - ADVOCACY UPDATE: ACA Activist Advocating Against Job Discrimination [cached]
The Herald News article includes a quote from Dave Dunville, the national director for the Amputee Firefighter Association.Dave is also very active in the Michigan campaign for prosthetic coverage.He has been meeting with legislators, reaching out to fellow activists and really pushing hard to get a coverage bill introduced in the state legislature this year!
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