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Amputee Support Coordinator
H-Care (Hurley/Binson's Medical Equipment)

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Leadership - About Us - Amputee Coalition

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David J. Dunville Amputee Support Coordinator


inMotion: They Just Want to Do Their Jobs

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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.
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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.
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David Dunville with Karen Scruggs and Kim Duckett, CP
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David Dunville (L) with Karen Scruggs,
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"The NFPA does not review prosthetics," Dunville says.
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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.


David J. ...

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David J. Dunville Amputee Support Coordinator


According to an Amputee Coalition news ...

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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.

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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.
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The release reports that in their new roles, Sieber and Dunville will each serve as consumer representatives.


inMotion:Public safety personnel with limb loss

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David Dunville is national director of the Amputee Firefighters Association (AFFA). He talks about problems that public safety personnel with limb loss may face when trying to return to duty.

A big problem is how local cities and towns interpret (understand and apply) 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."
Cities and towns decide how to interpret NFPA standards. They may be very strict when there are concerns about liability (being sued) should a firefighter with limb loss return to active duty. "The interpretation of those standards is the problem," says Dunville.
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Dunville talks about his own case. He was a firefighter for nearly four years until a fire station accident led to the amputation of his lower left leg. Five years later, he still 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 cities and towns can interpret NFPA standards in many ways.
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David Dunville with Karen Scruggs and Kim Duckett, CP
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David Dunville (L) with Karen Scruggs,
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"The NFPA does not review prosthetics," Dunville says.
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David Dunville has mixed feelings about this. "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."
Dunville is working with the AFFA to create federal standards that would apply to all cities and towns. He is looking for 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 ACA conference.

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