On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Congressman John Faso delivered remarks in support of H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"As we take this week to somberly remember those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, it is equally important that we remember the first responders who bravely ran towards the tragedies 16 years ago; who woke up the next day, on September 12th, still beaten, tired, and bruised, and again, walked towards the tragedies.
"Still today, these first responders heroically risk life and limb to run towards tragedies. As Americans, we owe our first responders a great debt.
"For this reason, I ask my colleagues to support The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act which makes important first steps in life-saving cancer research and future medical advancements for firefighters who have disproportionately higher cancer risks."
Congressman John Faso
New York's 19th Congressional District
View Congressman Faso's floor remarks here or by clicking the image above.
Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017
This bill requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry of firefighters to collect history and occupational information that can be linked to existing data in state cancer registries. The registry must be used to improve monitoring of cancer among firefighters and to collect and publish epidemiological information regarding cancer among firefighters. The CDC should seek to include specified information in the registry, including the number and type of fire incidents attended by an individual.
To collect information for the registry, the CDC may incorporate questions into existing public health surveys, questionnaires, and other databases.
The CDC must: (1) develop a strategy to maximize participation in the registry; (2) develop guidance for states and firefighting agencies regarding the registry; (3) encourage inclusion in the registry of data on minority, female, and volunteer firefighters; and (4) seek feedback on the registry from nonfederal experts.
The CDC must develop a process for making registry data available for research without a fee if findings or publications from the research are made public or available to stakeholders.
For full text of the legislation, click here.