Across the nation, firefighters seem to have a higher risk of cancer than the rest of the population.
To combat this problem, is U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s Firefighter Cancer Registry Act.
“We want to keep a registry of firefighters with cancer so people that collect data, do scientific research and medical research, can figure out and begin to spot trends that will help us protect firefighters better when they’re doing their jobs,” Brown said.
Brown believes the bill will also address an enormous gap in research conducted on the heath impacts of a career of firefighting.
Now that it has passed the Senator, officials are hopeful future generations will be saved.
“This is critically important. Unfortunately, firefighters are experiencing such higher rates of cancer than the general population.The cancer registry will allow us to change our training methods, our protocols, to do what we need to do to protect those that are serving the community each and everyday,” said Harold Schaitberger, General president of IAFF.
The registry, while available to the public, will not include names. Firefighters can also choose not to participate.
No matter what firefighters decide, officials are hopeful the registry will make a difference.