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President Trump Signs Bill Rep. Tenney Cosponsored, The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

This bill was inspired by a constituent from the 22nd District, Brian McQueen

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Washington, July 11, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) announced that H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, was signed into law by President Trump this week. This measure establishes a national cancer registry through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect information and develop a database on cancer incidences among firefighters. Rep. Tenney is an original cosponsor of this bill.

The creation of this registry will allow researchers to better understand cancer incidences among firefighters. Although there is a network of existing state-based cancer registries, no centralized nation-wide registry currently exists. Through the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, the CDC will be able to track occupational information relevant to the health and safety of firefighters. Analyzing this data will potentially lead to the development of new protocols and safety measures to better protect the safety of firefighters. Additionally, the bill gives the CDC the ability to work with experts in the field to further refine and advance these safety measures.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day for the safety of our community and it is our responsibility to do all we can to keep them out of harm’s way while on duty. Our important bill that was inspired by a constituent from the 22nd District of New York, Brian McQueen, will lead to more information and reforms that will potentially save these brave men and women’s lives. Brian has also been the leading advocate for another bill that would provide health care coverage to volunteer firefighters who were diagnosed with cancer, which I cosponsored in the State Assembly. Brian’s tireless advocacy is a testament to his dedication and compassion for all volunteer firefighters who risk their lives to keep our communities safe,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “Our legislation will utilize existing resources at the federal level to improve the coordination of vital research on cancer incidences among firefighters. As research advances, this information can be used to provide better safeguards and protocols for our nation’s 300,000 professional firefighters and emergency medical responders.”

Brian McQueen served as Fire Chief from 1999 to 2002 at the Whitesboro Volunteer Fire Department and currently serves as a Lieutenant and Safety Officer, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY).

In 2013, Brian was diagnosed with B Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Following his battle with cancer, Brian joined members of the Barneveld Fire Department to found Believe 271, to assist volunteer firefighters and EMTs who are battling cancer and life-threatening illnesses. Studies have found that firefighters have a higher incidence of cancer due to service than other first responders. According to one estimate, nearly 60 percent of deaths among firefighters in the line-of-duty are caused by cancer.

 

 

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