For over 15 years, members of the FFCF team have observed and noted the consistent and increasing numbers of Boston Firefighters diagnosed and lost to occupational cancer. Dr. Michael Hamrock and IAFF Local 718 continue to fight tirelessly to address the needs of the Boston Fire workforce and their families. Fire Commissioner Joe Finn rose through the ranks and now champions these heroes, past and present in an effort to change this deadly trend and memorialize the souls that have passed.
We commend the efforts of Local 718 representatives (past and present), the PFFM and Commissioner Finn for their exceptional efforts to bring and keep firefighter cancer on the forefront and improve a culture of service that is killing our members. Read more here.
U.S. Congressional Representatives are building bi-partisan support for a bill titled Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017. The legislation would assist researchers in studying the relationship and increasing numbers of firefighter toxic exposures and cancer diagnosis'. An urgent need is growing for improved protective equipment and exposure techniques to be designed and funded. Read more about the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act here:
Currently there is an ongoing dialogue between North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the leadership of the Union to improve workers compensation protection for Firefighters within the state. Governor Cooper stated during his attendance at the IAFF Legislative Conference that "We all know that firefighters face an increased risk of dying from cancer", and "In North Carolina we need to ensure that we enact legislation to provide firefighter's workers compensation for certain cancers". Read more here.
In Georgia, there was legislation that was passed through the State House of Representatives in 2016 that would identify certain cancers as job related and provide coverage for these injuries; however, it was vetoed by Governor Nathan Deal. Since that time, leaders within the Senate have worked with local governments to come up with an alternative mechanism for funding. Read more here.
A Firefighter has a 29% higher risk of contracting cancer than the rest of our population.
The CBS affiliate in North Carolina WNCN did an in depth news story on Presumptive Laws across the USA and how these laws benefit firefighters who are diagnosed with Caner. Unfortunately, the legislation that was drafted in North Carolina failed. For more about this we invite you to read the entire story by clicking here.
The Interagency Board recently released a report entitled: Recommended Actions Related to Reducting the Known Risk of Cancer in Fire Fighters. Click on the logo below to download this report.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
International Women’s Day (March 8)
Kick Butts Day (March 15)
National Nutrition Month
Do You Have a Health Screening Plan for 2017?
Get It Checked: Easy Reference Chart for Men and Women
American Cancer Society "Stay Healthy" Program
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