Firefighters are significantly more likely to develop many types of cancer than the general population
largely due to the high levels of carcinogens and other toxins found in burning buildings and hazardous environments. Effective education and better maintenance of equipment are essential to lowering the risk of cancer, but a simple fact remains: Firefighters are being diagnosed with cancer at a disturbingly high rate.
Volunteer firefighters who receive a cancer diagnosis face escalating medical bills and the possibility of lost wages as they become sicker and sicker. While career firefighters are afforded presumptive cancer coverage, there is no formal safety net currently in place to help those volunteer firefighters who need it most.
There is legislation before the New York State Senate and Assembly that would extend presumptive cancer coverage to volunteer firefighters, ensuring that those who have sacrificed on behalf of their communities will not be left searching for help.
It is critical that this legislation passes through the state Senate and Assembly and makes its way to the Governor’s desk. Protecting New York’s volunteer firefighters is not only the right thing to do, but is also the necessary thing to do.
To this end, FASNY urges you to call your State Senator and Assembly Member, and tell them that no firefighter should ever have to face cancer alone.
Cancer is everybody’s problem. It impacts each and every member of the fire service and, in turn, FASNY needs each and every member of the fire service to help share these stories. FASNY urges you to share these videos with your friends, your family, your colleagues, your organization and on social media.