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Fire Fighter World Trade Center Response

The unprecedented attacks on September 11, 2001 resulted in the loss of thousands of lives, including 343 fire fighters. Fire fighters, police officers, clean-up workers, and others were exposed to airborne toxins, as well as physical and mental hazards.

NIOSH leads the federal government's efforts to track health effects information, conduct supporting research, and manage the health program created to provide care to first responders and others who helped after that disaster.

This page provides links to the NIOSH publications related to the World Trade Center fire fighter response efforts and the World Trade Center Health Program.

World Trade Center Health Program

The World Trade Center Health Program was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The Program provides services for responders, workers, and volunteers who assisted with rescue, recovery, and cleanup at the World Trade Center and related sites. It also provides services for survivors who lived, worked, or were in school in the area.


The impact of the World Trade Center attack on FDNY firefighter retirement, disabilities, and pension benefits (2011)

Performance characteristics of the PTSD Checklist in retired firefighters exposed to the World Trade Center disaster (2011)

Validation of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale in screening for major depressive disorder among retired firefighters exposed to the World Trade Center disaster (2010)

Injuries and illnesses treated at the World Trade Center, 14 September - 20 November 2001 (2005)

Biomonitoring of chemical exposure among New York City firefighters responding to the World Trade Center fire and collapse (2003)

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