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We are developing the online National Firefighter Registry (NFR) enrollment system. This system will protect all enrollees’ data, privacy, and confidentiality. We will begin testing the registry with firefighters in the Spring of 2022, and we anticipate opening enrollment to all U.S. fire service members (active and retired) in the Summer/Fall of 2022. To stay updated on our progress, please subscribe to the NFR Quarterly Newsletter below.

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Fighting fires is a dangerous profession, and the danger goes beyond the hazards of running into a burning building.

Numerous studies show that firefighters’ exposure on the fireground, where smoke and hazardous chemicals are released from burning materials, may increase their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. While the association between firefighting and disease seems clear, more information about these health risks is needed—especially with regard to the higher risk of cancer among firefighters.

To better understand the link between on-the-job exposure to toxicants and cancer, Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)external icon to create the National Firefighter Registry (NFR).

The NFR will be used to track and analyze cancer trends and risk factors among the U.S. fire service to help the public safety community, researchers, scientists and medical professionals find better ways to protect those who protect our communities and environment.

All firefighters—structural and wildland, career and volunteer, active and retired—should consider participating in the NFR. This includes firefighters who have never received a cancer diagnosis, previously had cancer, or currently have cancer.

Participation in the NFR is voluntary. But by providing vital information about their own health and work experiences, firefighters who register for the NFR will play a critical role in helping to better understand the health risks this profession faces.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), working closely with stakeholders and health experts, will take the lead on creating the NFR. To that end NIOSH established the National Firefighter Registry Subcommittee.

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The NFR Timeline

NFR Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

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

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

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

Page last reviewed: October 15, 2019