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Following an electrical transformer fire in Staten Island, New York, a health surveillance program was established for 60 New York City firefighters and emergency medical technicians exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs).
Concentrations of air contaminants during fire overhaul exceed occupational exposure limits. Without the use of respiratiory protection, firefighters are overexposed to irritants, chemical asphyxiants and carcinogens.
Fire Service Cancer Awareness Training Instructor’s Manual
Many fire agencies around the Tampa Bay area are implementing a growing number of procedures in an effort to protect firefighters from cancer.
Recent statistics from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) show an alarming trend‚Äîthe number of firefighters dying of cancer has skyrocketed since 1950. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FFCSN) notes that there is a cancer epidemic among firefighters and cites numerous examples, such as the fact that 1 out of every 3 active Miami-Dade firefighters has been diagnosed with cancer.
Firefighters are potentially exposed to a wide range of known and suspected carcinogens through their work. The objectives of this study were to examine the patterns of cancer among Nordic firefighters, and to compare them with the results from previous studies.
Firefighters are exposed to carcinogens and have elevated cancer rates. hypothesized that occupational exposures in firefighters would lead to DNA methylation changes associated with activation of cancer pathways and increased cancer risk.
Firefighters perceive cancer risks as the result of performing essential job tasks and from indirect job factors related to being a firefighter.
Fighting fires is a dirty job, and it’s dangerous too.
Evaluate the effectiveness of firefighter exposure reduction interventions. Methods: Fireground interventions included use of self-contained breathing apparatus by engineers, entry team wash down, contaminated equipment isolation, and personnel
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.
Through a previously conducted study of cancer incidence and mortality among a large cohort of US career firefighters from the San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia fire departments. 16 of those firefighters had a 9% increase in cancer incidence and a 14% increase in cancer mortality compared with the US general population
The analysis of dose-years yielded a statistically significant¬†association between¬†occupational¬†exposure¬†to¬†diesel¬†fuel or fumes and¬†prostate cancer¬†(odds ratio 3.7, 95% confidence interval 1.4-9.8, for subjects¬†exposed¬†to more than 25 dose-years in a comparison with subjects never¬†exposed)
the fre department in Everett, Massachusetts, is mourning the loss of their first and only female firefighter who died Wednesday from occupational cancer.