Research collaboration informs international classification of firefighting as carcinogenic

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently classified occupational exposure as a firefighter as carcinogenic, changing the previous classification of possibly carcinogenic. The reclassification came after many new studies, including several led by the Sciences in collaboration with…

Firefighters’ union to expand fire contaminants and disease work

The Fire Brigades Union has agreed at its annual conference (12 May) to expand its work on the effects of fire contaminants – toxic substances produced by fires – on firefighters. In ongoing research with the University of Central Lancashire,…

Firefighters urged to protect themselves from toxic fire contaminants

Firefighters have been urged to protect themselves from toxic fire contaminants in response to research that found more than four times higher rates of cancer amongst firefighters who took part, relative to the general public.1 It is thought that toxic…

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announces the death of Assistant Chief Alvin Suriel from World Trade Center-related cancer

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro has announced the death of Assistant Chief of EMS Alvin Suriel, a 32-year veteran of Emergency Medical Service, who succumbed to World Trade Center-related cancer on December 7, 2021. Chief Suriel, who was 52-years-old, is…

Firefighter safety is something we should agree on

Ensuring firefighter safety is something we should agree on. The recognition of carcinogens remaining on personal protective equipment (PPE) has resulted in a structured cleaning approach in Fire and Rescue Services, but what about the person wearing PPE? Global studies…

Research study on cancer risk for wildland firefighters funded by FEMA

A new study will measure carcinogen exposure among wildland firefighters, who are often exposed to harmful compounds on the job but have not previously been studied for increased cancer risk. A $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

Firefighters and mesothelioma: four important questions to answer

Firefighters risk their lives daily to help save others from danger. They bravely run into harm’s way while others move in the opposite direction. This selfless act is the nature of the occupation. Another regular nature – one that isn’t…

Lavender Ribbon Report update released

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have released an update to the Lavender Ribbon Report that provides 11 best practices for reducing exposure risks and preventing occupationally…

New training for firefighters launched to combat fire cancer threat

New training for firefighters aims to fight the cancer threat to them from fires, by taking aim at the toxic substances that fires produce.  UK firefighters surveyed as part of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) research were four times more…

Scientists at MMU prove De-Wipe removes harmful toxins

In 2019, De-Wipe announced the positive results of a scientific study conducted by leading professors at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) which indicated them as the only eco-friendly after-fire wipe proven to remove from skin the most harmful cancer-causing dioxins and…

Free webinar: Reducing Occupational Cancer Risks in the Fire Service

Understanding how and where firefighters are exposed to carcinogens is an important step towards mitigating occupational cancer risks. Join us for this free webinar to learn more about exposures to carcinogens, the dangers of soot, contamination control activities and risk-reduction…

Firefighters’ cancer risk to be identified through new national database

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have created a new nationwide database to assess the potential link between exposure to fire toxicants and the increased occurrence of cancers and other diseases among firefighters. Known as the UK Firefighters…

Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer Released

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to develop and release the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer. This report provides 11 actions…

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