This website supports the “Take No Smoke” campaign and shares information on the Boston Fire Departments efforts to mitigate exposures.
The IAFF presented two webcasts on two of the biggest issues in the fire service today - the increased risk for occupational cancers and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Anaheim, California.
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.
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.