A joint cancer screening program for Valley police and firefighters that began in November has detected two cases of prostate cancer, two cases of skin cancer and a thymus tumor, but all were caught early enough to successfully treat, officials said at an April 4 news conference.
The Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Workers’ Compensation ruled in Stewart’s favor, determining her cancer was work-related. The city then filed a petition for judicial review, to declare “that her particular injury is not work-related” and that “she is not entitled to benefits” from the city.
The fire department in Everett, Massachusetts, is mourning the loss of their first and only female firefighter, who died Wednesday from occupational cancer. Fifty-six-year Susan Pipitone of Haverhill battled the disease for more than a year.
The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on July 7, 2018, marking significant progress by the fire service, lobbyists and lawmakers to recognize the impact of occupational cancer in the fire service.
A firefighter battling cancer is being sued by Baytown’s city government, which seeks to deny paying him insurance coverage for his treatment over the last 18 months… Mahoney prevailed in the initial benefit review conference with the TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool, the city’s administrator for workers’ compensation. After he also won an appeal, the city decided to sue in May in order to deny Mahoney’s claim, retaining an outside counsel.
Despite losing the case for health benefits when Roberts was alive, the city wants to fight again on the same issue, claiming her multiple myeloma isn’t related to her firefighting work, but instead her race, weight and family history.
The legislation they authored together will require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and
maintain a voluntary registry to collect data regarding the incidence of certain cancers in firefighters. This registry will
allow researchers to have a greater understanding of the impacts that smoke inhalation and other occupational hazards
have on a firefighter's health, and is designed to lead to better treatment options.
It’s imperative that fire departments establish an appropriate “decon alley” as the gateway from the hazard area to rehab.
KRQE reported that IAFF Local 4366 created a health and safety committee to try and increase on-the-job cancer prevention and tackle other work-related health issues… Union president Eutimio Ortiz said the committee will first work to implement on-scene decontamination practices and appeal to county officials to get funding for extra gear.
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