Firefighter research shows PPE exposure risk - New testing examines how particles can penetrate firefighter protective gear with some surprising results.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. Documents from the International Agency for Research on Cancer are referenced within Texas Government Code applicable to Firefighters and EMTs for work-related cancer. Monograph 98 of the IARC references and classifies firefighting and shiftwork as carcinogenic.
Texas Government Code Section 607.055 outlines the Texas Worker’s Compensation Presumptive rule regarding cancer and other contagious diseases.
The Firefighter Cancer Support Network helps firefighters and their families cope with cancer. As a non-profit they support and mentor firefighters who have received a cancer diagnosis. FFCSN provides education, training, and resources to firefighters and their departments for the purposes of protecting against hazardous exposures and fully understanding the increasing rates of cancer in the fire service.
Cancer is a disease that is of particular concern for members of the fire service. To help further characterize this risk the IAFF, in response to members’ requests, has developed a cancer registry. IAFF members or a family member can use this website to report a cancer diagnosis. In addition to reporting cancer, members are being asked to complete the Wellness Fitness Initiative questions which will provide necessary information for the Cancer Registry as well as for the WFI efforts.
Firefighters are routinely exposed to a variety of carcinogens and our goal with this page is to bring awareness to this issue. We have provided links to various articles; videos and Studies conducted surrounding the correlation between Firefighting and Cancer.