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Firefighter Cancer Registry Reauthorization Act

Firefighter Cancer Registry Reauthorization Act

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On Wednesday, March 6th, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3821, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Reauthorization Act, by a vote of 413-7.  The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressmen Bill Pascrell (NJ-9), Mike Bost (IL-12), Steny Hoyer (MD-5), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), reauthorizes the National Firefighter Registry through Fiscal Year 2028 at a level of $5.5 million per year.  The bill now goes before the Senate for consideration.

“The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation strongly supports the reauthorization of the National Firefighter Cancer Registry (NFR). Numerous studies show that firefighters’ exposure during emergency responses may increase their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.  The NFR is a critical tool in understanding the link between firefighting and cancer, potentially leading to better prevention and safety protocols,” said Victor Stagnaro, Chief Executive Officer of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).  “We thank the House for the overwhelming support of this critical legislation and we urge the Senate to pass the bill without delay and send it to the President to be signed into law.”