National Firefighter Registry Subcommittee (NFRS)

The national Firefighter Registry Subcommittee (NFRS) provides advice to NIOSH about establishing and operating the National Firefighter Registry for Cancer. The National Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018 required NIOSH to create a voluntary registry of firefighters. The goal is to collect health and occupational information to determine cancer incidence in the U.S. fire service. The Act also requires NIOSH to consult with interested parties, such as firefighters, public health professionals, clinicians, and state agencies. The NFRS fulfills this requirement.

The NFRS is a subcommittee of the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors. Two members of the Board serve as co-chairs of the NFRS. Eleven other members bring expertise in firefighting, cancer registries, epidemiology, public health, and healthcare.

For more information, see the full  NFRS charge.


The NFRS meets once per year, either virtually or in a hybrid virtual/in-person format. Members of the public are welcome to attend virtually. Advance registration is required.

For information about earlier meetings, see NIOSH Docket 232.


Dr. Grace LeMasters
Professor – Emeritus
Department of Environmental Health
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Term: 07/25/2022-06/30/2023

Pat Morrison
Assistant General President for Health, Safety and Medicine
International Association of Fire Fighters
Term: 07/19/2022-06/30/2023

Designated Federal Official

Emily Novicki
Health Scientist
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Subcommittee Membership

Shawn Brimhall
Fire Protection Specialist
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Office of Fire Prevention and Control
Fire Training and Education Branch
Albany, NY
Term: 01/21/2022-12/31/2023

Dr. Eric B. Durbin
Assistant Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine
Director, Kentucky Cancer Registry
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Term: 02/15/2022-12/31/2024

Dr. Manny Fonesca
National Association of Hispanic Firefighters
Nashville, TN
Term: 01/01/2023-12/31/2025

Tom Harbour
Mesa, AZ
Term: 01/01/2022-12/31/2023

Dr. Sara Jahnke
Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research
Leawood, KS
Term: 01/31/2020-12/31/2023

Betsy Kohler
Executive Director
North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
Springfield, IL
Term: 01/17/2020-12/31/2023

Sara Lee
Chief Executive Officer
National Volunteer Fire Council
Washington, DC
Term: 07/25/2022-12/31/2025

Dr. Barbara Materna
Chief, Occupational Health Branch (Retired)
Center for Healthy Communities
California Department of Public Health
Richmond, CA
Term: 01/17/2020-12/31/2023

Dr. Steven M. Moffatt
Executive Director
National Institute for Public Safety Health
Indianapolis, IN
Term: 01/04/2021-12/31/2023

Dr. Demond Simmons
Chief of Training
Oakland Fire Department
Oakland, CA
Term: 01/01/2023-12/31/2025

Victor Stagnaro
Managing Director
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Emmitsburg, MD
Term: 01/01/2022-12/31/2023