Back in 2004, ODPM published a document titled Medical and Occupational Evidence for Recruitment and Retention in the FRS (MOERRFRS), primarily as a resource guide for use by medical advisers and occupational health staff within Fire and Rescue Services. With the passage of time, some of the evidence within the original document has been superseded and the NFCC (at the time of publication the company group was The Chief Fire Officers Association) recognised the need to update this piece of work.
As a result, our publication company at that time (CFOA Publications Ltd) worked with the CFOA Occupational Health Group and external medical experts to provide this document. The tool makes available evidence on the most prevalent medical conditions to assist medical personnel in providing advice to service managers on medical and fitness issues for recruitment and retention within the Fire and Rescue Service(FRS).
It should be noted that this document does not seek to provide the sole source of guidance for managers in arriving at decisions on recruitment or retention. This document was refreshed and re-published in 2011.