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Eyesight information

Eyesight requirements

The need for corrective lenses does not preclude employment as long as the following standards are met:

  • Unaided distance vision of 6/9 is currently thought to be a reasonable level as a minimum for safety critical work
  • Near vision is currently recommended for those under 25 years old as an unaided minimum measurement of N6
  • Soft contact lenses (silicon hydrogen lenses) only are permitted and are considered safe for use on the fire ground
  • If you have had laser eye surgery it is currently recommended that entry to the service should be postponed for 12 months following surgery for stabilisation
  • Defects in colour vision are not a bar to entry, however for each case a vocational test in a fire ground setting is recommended

It should be noted however that all cases are assessed on an individual basis and advice will be sought from occupational health advisers.

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