The Knowledge You Need to Protect Yourself in the Field

Read up on all the precautions to take during firefighting operations, training exercises, and routine tasks.


The Clinical and Economic Impact of the Early Detection and Diagnosis of Cancer


The authors advocate for an adoption of the “Early Detection and Diagnosis” (EDD) method that would increase early detection rates of cancer by teaching patients to self-assess and accurately describe their symptoms, which would then enable the practitioners to make earlier and more accurate diagnoses.

Economic Impact of Firefighter Injuries in the United States


Fire Protection Research Foundation report on the economic impact of firefighter injuries, done for the Foundation by David T. Butry, David Webb, and Stanley Gilbert, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Jennifer Taylor, Drexel University

Turnout Storage

This SOG is designed to limit the exposure of personnel to carcinogens and other harmful substances that are on turnouts.

Reading smoke is one thing – breathing it is completely different.

Enhancement of line personnel safety by requiring the use of SCBA.

Numerous members reported symptoms consistent with cyanide poisoning.

Toxin exposure in today’s firefighting.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health investigated a possible cancer cluster.

Firefighters are significantly more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields.

Pennsylvania’s amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act that addresses firefighter occupational diseases.

Part 3 in the “Working to Death” series, examining the health risks facing firefighters.

Amendment to create a presumption that disability of a Federal fire protection employee caused by certain conditions is presumed to result from the performance of such employee’s duty.

Firefighters are exposed to carcinogens associated with combustion, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Bob Kilduff, with 34 years in the fire service, on his occupational cancer.

Exposure to diesel emissions from idling fire trucks and generators inside stations.

Evaluation of three incidents leading up to cyanide exposures sustained by members.

Previous studies have reported excess risk of some cancers but have been limited by small numbers or little information.

How to support our colleagues diagnosed with cancer.

Minimal information is available regarding firefighter exposures during overhaul.

Although increases in various cancers in firefighters compared with the general population have been noted in several studies, consistent patterns are difficult to discern due to the large variations of exposures.

Three criteria used to assess the probable, possible, or unlikely risk for 21 cancers included pattern of meta-relative risks, study type, and heterogeneity testing.

Firefighters are known to be exposed to recognized or probable carcinogens. Previous studies have found elevated risks of several types of cancers in firefighters.

Controversy over the connection between firefighting and incidents of cancer.

Determining the level of protection needed after the fire is out.

Discussion of the FCSN Whitepaper. (Pages 11-13)

Evaluation of Chemical Exposures during Fire Fighter Training Exercises Involving Smoke Simulant.

Los Angeles City FD Managed Personal Protective Equipment Plan.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department’s SOP/SOG on reducing firefighter exposure to carcinogens and products of combustion and to better facilitate on scene health & safety protocols such as Rehab and Decon.

NIOSH Study of Firefighters – “Mortality and cancer incidence in a pooled cohort of US firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia (1950–2009)”

A white paper on cancer in the Fire Service.

Accurate data is crucial when quantifying occupational cancer’s toll on–and threat to–firefighters and their families.


Operational directives.


Recommended Firefighter Physical Exam and Screening Tests


Policy and guidelines.

Policy and guidelines.

Policies and procedures.

Policy and guidelines.

Policy and guidelines.

Policy and guidelines.

Policy and guidelines.

To provide procedures and guidelines for the maintenance of equipment.

Policy and guidelines.

Standard operating procedures.

Policy and guidelines.

Medical services procedures.

Operating procedures for minimizing exposure.

Respiratory protection during overhaul operations.

Personal protective equipment cleaning procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment Inspection.

Policies for firefighting operations, training evolutions and during routine tasks

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