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 San Antonio Fire Department along with their Local 624 IAFF posted a video entitled “Our Battle with Cancer”
Assessment of Ambient Exposures Firefighters Encounter While at the Fire Station: An Exploratory Study
A Review and Meta-analysis of 32 Studies. The objective of this study was to review 32 studies on firefighters and to quantitatively and qualitatively determine the cancer risk using a meta-analysis
Mortality and cancer incidence in a pooled cohort of US firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia (1950–2009)
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.
If you are placed on a No Duty work status for a Workers’ Compensation compensable injury, you will continue to receive your City of Austin paycheck but many things are going on behind the scenes and your participation is required in order for the issues to be handled correctly and promptly.
Once you receive the work status report/DWC-73 from your Doctor or the ER, it is your responsibility to submit a copy to the AFD Work Comp Team within 24 hours.
Texas Department of Insurance
Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC)
Phone: (800) 252-7031
Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC)
The state agency created to help you through the appeal process
Phone: (866) 393-6432