Firefighting is dangerous work. But the danger doesn’t end when the fire’s out.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently undertook two large studies focused on firefighter cancer and concluded that firefighters face a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses, and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general population in the U.S.
Now, Congress has sent the President a bill to develop a firefighters’ cancer registry—to study what’s happening, and hopefully, to learn what we can do to save the lives of these first responders.
News4Utah’s Washington D.C. Correspondent Morgan Wright has the report.