Fire fighters face many dangers that may harm their health.
On July 7, President Trump signed the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018.
The Act requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry of firefighters.
The registry will include the number and type of fires each firefighter attended.
Information in the registry will be used to improve monitoring of cancer incidents among firefighters and to collect and publish information about the occurrences of cancer among this population.
Registry data will be available to researchers for free if the findings of the research are made public.
Learn more about the Firefighter Cancer Registry in today’s Current Issues and Events article on the USFA website.
The USFA recognizes that cancer is a serious occupational health issue in the fire service today. We have been working in partnership with NIOSH on a research project since 2010 to clarify the relationship between firefighter occupational exposures and cancer. The USFA will continue to work with the entire fire and emergency service industry to reduce the occurrence of occupational related cancer.
— G. Keith Bryant, U.S. Fire Administrator
The CDC will:
For more information on firefighter cancer awareness and prevention, and resources for families, visit the Firefighter Cancer Support Network’s website.
(Courtesy of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) and YouTube. Posted on Sep 20, 2013.)