National Firefighter Registry Quarterly Newsletter
Greetings from NIOSH,
We are excited to share our latest newsletter with updates from Winter 2020-2021. Like many of you, my colleagues and I continue to work on COVID-19 response efforts. As I mentioned in previous newsletters, I encourage you to regularly check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for updated COVID-19 guidance. On the website you will find information to protect public health, including guidance for firefighters and EMS providers, as well as frequently asked questions (FAQs) for wildland firefighters.
CDC has also developed a communication toolkit to help employers build confidence in their workforce for the important new COVID-19 vaccine. The toolkit will help employers across various industries provide information about COVID-19 vaccines, increase awareness about vaccination benefits, and address common questions and concerns. The toolkit contains a variety of resources, including key messages, FAQs, posters, newsletter content, and more.
We continue to make progress on the National Firefighter Registry (NFR). We are working diligently to open the NFR for registration. As part of this effort, we are focusing our resources on creating a robust and secure registration system, and we need to test and implement all the necessary data security and privacy measures to ensure the NFR is safe, secure, and easy to use before opening for enrollment.
In this issue learn about the podcast the NFR team contributed to in recognition of Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month in January. We also marked the month with a CDC feature on on cancer risk in firefighters. Read on to find links to the article and podcast and stay connected with the NFR by visiting www.cdc.gov/NFR. Please stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing or hearing from you in the future.
Kenny Fent, PhD, CIH
Research Industrial Hygienist/Team Lead
National Firefighter Registry Program
We also marked Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness month with a CDC Feature on cancer risk in firefighters. CDC Features cover important public health issues and are promoted to over 100,000 people, making them a valuable tool for raising awareness of important issues. The feature on cancer in the fire service discusses what we know about the risks firefighters face and how the NFR will increase that knowledge. The article also lists several for more information on NIOSH research and information on firefighters.
NFR team members Dr. Fent and Alex Mayer recently coauthored a journal article titled, “Effects of firefighting hood design, laundering, and doffingexternal icon” that is available online in Ergonomics. The article reports on collaborative research done by the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute, and NIOSH. While this research took place outside of the NFR program, we believe it is important to share useful information with our stakeholders as it becomes available and we will continue to do so as we anticipate more articles coming in the future.
- Continue developing the NFR web portal for participant registration so that it is safe, secure, and easy to use.
- Continue conversations with firefighters, fire departments, state agencies, and other stakeholders about the best way to share information on the NFR and obtain their support.
- Continue planning for an online symposium that will provide an opportunity to share the most current NFR information with stakeholders.