In the past decade, exposure to flame retardant chemicals has become a pressing health concern and widely discussed topic of public safety for firefighters in the United States. Working through local, state, and national unions and independent health and advocacy organizations, firefighters have made important contributions to efforts to restrict the use of certain flame retardants. Firefighters are key members in advocacy coalitions dedicated to developing new environmental health regulations and reforming flammability standards to reflect the best available fire science. Their involvement has been motivated by substantiated health concerns and critiques of deceptive lobbying practices by the chemical industry. Drawing on observations and interviews with firefighters, fire safety experts, and other involved stakeholders, this article describes why firefighters are increasingly concerned about their exposure to flame retardant chemicals in consumer products, and analyzes their involvement in state and national environmental health coalitions.

Read more:  Cordner et al. – Firefighters and Flame Retardant Activism – New Solutions 2015

Questions for Oncologists

Newly diagnosed firefighters with cancer often ask us what questions they should ask their doctor. Below is a list of questions you might consider. They are in no specific order and they do not pertain to any one specific type of cancer. You might choose some of these questions , or possibly all of them. As always we are available to assist you through the process.

Questions for Oncologist

The San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation was formed in 2006 for the purpose of early detection and prevention of cancer in both active and retired members of the San Francisco Fire Department