IAFF Amendment to Fully Fund Cancer Registry AdvancesThe IAFF continues its work fighting the scourge of cancer in the fire service, this week pushing through an amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives to fully fund the newly established national Firefighter Cancer Registry. The amendment was offered by Representatives Bill Pascrell(D-NJ) and Chris Collins (R-NY) to legislation funding the Department of Health and Human Services for Fiscal Year 2020, and passed by a vote of 413-10.
“The Firefighter Cancer Registry is a crucial resource to better establish the link between firefighting and cancer,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “These resources will ensure the Centers for Disease Control have sufficient funding to fully conduct a robust public outreach effort and collect the information scientists and policymakers need.”
The draft bill initially provided $1.6 million for the registry. The Pascrell/Collins amendment increased funding to the level fully authorized by statute, $2.5 million.
The Firefighter Cancer Registry was established last year after a concerted lobbying effort by the IAFF. The registry, the first of its kind, will provide researchers and epidemiologists the tools and resources needed to improve research related to firefighting and cancer. Studies have indicated a strong link between firefighting and an increased risk of numerous cancers. However, public health researchers are unable to fully examine and understand the broader epidemiological cancer trends among fire fighters because many previous studies have been limited by the availability of certain data and relatively small sample sizes that have an under-representation of women, minorities and certain age groups.
The House is expected to approve the underlying funding bill this week, and consideration will move to the Senate.... See MoreSee Less
The IAFF is heading to Nashville, TN August 18-22 for its Health, Safety and EMS Conference. Make sure you register for one of our informative pre-conference events and workshops. #RedmondEMS redmondems.iaff.org ... See MoreSee Less
Just a way to not take responsibility and blame the cuts on the public. A lot goes on behind the scenes few know about. Of course when it comes to public safety cost comes first. When I served we did maintenance, inspections, training, fire prevention, prefire plans and so much more.
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In Tampa, as with other major American cities, the evolution from all volunteer to career fire companies occurred due to the arrival of steam technology. Tampa’s first organized volunteer fire department was founded in1884. Seven “bucket brigades” were organized to serve the city. On May 10, 1895, the city council passed ordinance #307 authorizing Tampa’s first professional, paid fire department. A. J. Harris was named chief to preside over 22 fire fighters in five stations at an annual budget of $18,000. The paid firefighters worked in the stations for ten to twelve days at a time. Most of the firefighters lived near their duty stations and were permitted to go home for meals, provided they could return within one hour. Their salary was equivalent to that of police patrol officers, about $600 a year. From May 10, 1895, forward the fire department began to evolve. First the “bucket brigades” were slowly replaced by hand operated pumpers pulled to the scene by the firefighters. Fire hydrants and steam engines were introduced to do the work of pumping water to firefighter’s hoses. With the introduction of steam engines came the requirement of horses to pull the extremely heavy apparatus. read more
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