When entering a burning building, firefighters come in direct contact with many toxins and carcinogens. Some types of cancer affect firefighters at greater rates, including lymphatic, respiratory, skin, brain, blood, bladder, kidney, thyroid, testicle and prostate cancers.
The Senate recently passed legislation to add $1 million to the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, which assists firefighters with the specific types of cancer that can be linked to their job.
I am pleased to see funding put in place to help our first responders and will work to ensure continued funding as part of the budget process. Senate Bill 802 has been sent to the House Committee on Appropriations.