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Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program: Investigates fire fighter line-of-duty deaths

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Fire Fighter World Trade Center Response: Providing service to our nation

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NIOSH Fire Fighter Cancer Study: The largest study undertaken to identify cancer rates and causes of death among fire fighters

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Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA): Sharing equipment performance results with fire fighters and other stakeholders


National Fire Fighter Registry: On Monday, July 9th 2018 President Donald Trump signed legislation requiring the CDC to set up a registry of fire fightersexternal icon that will track links between their workplace exposures and cancer. NIOSH will take the lead in establishing the registry. If you have questions, email

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Fire fighters face many dangers that may harm their health. Learn more about NIOSH programs and research on the health concerns of fire fighters.

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Structural and vehicle fire fighters face many risks on the job. Learn more about NIOSH research on job hazards among fire fighters.

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Every year thousands of acres of land burn across the United States. Wildland fire fighters are asked to protect our lives, our homes, and our forests.

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Fire fighters rely heavily on their equipment to be safe. NIOSH researches ways to improve their safety.

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