Informing Your Crews About the National Firefighter RegistryArticleLast updated Wednesday, February 7, 2024
As a new or experienced firefighter, the importance of registering your information with the National Firefighter Registry cannot be overstated. We are in a time in our professional history where an enormous amount of information and data is being compiled about the causes of cancer in firefighters - but we have more work to do.
An important part of understanding and reducing work-related cancer is learning more about it. There are many unanswered questions about how cancer risk may vary across our nation’s diverse fire service. Signing up for the NFR for Cancer is one thing you can do to help researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) learn more about the relationship between firefighting and cancer. This can ultimately help reduce cancer among firefighters for generations to come.
Each person that registers helps contribute more valuable data to researchers regardless of whether or not you have cancer. One person, one crew, one department, one town, one county at a time will help researcher at NIOSH/CDC move cancer to more of a chronic illness. Earlier detection offers better options for treatment and is likely to be less costly.
Register today - for yourself, your fellow firefighters, and your family. It only takes 5 minutes to get started.
The NFR for Cancer is open to all U.S. firefighters with or without cancer, no matter your length of service.
Join today at NFR.CDC.gov
National Firefighter Registry NFR
The NFR is open to all U.S. firefighters, not just those with a previous diagnosis of cancer. Having many types of firefighters join the NFR is crucial to examining relationships between firefighter activities and cancer.
National Firefighter Registry for Cancer
While the association between firefighting and disease seems clear, more information about these health risks is needed—especially with regard to the higher risk of cancer among firefighters.
Firefighter Cancer Support Network website
Provides assistance and 1-on-1 mentoring to cancer-stricken firefighters
Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018
Public law 115-194, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018, became law on July 7, 2018.
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