About the National Firefighter Registry
The National Firefighter Registry (NFR) is the largest effort ever undertaken to understand and reduce risk of cancer among U.S. firefighters.
NIOSH is recruiting firefighters to join the NFR so that we can better understand the link between firefighting and cancer.
Firefighters are exposed to chemicals on the fireground that could increase their risk of developing cancer. There are many unanswered questions about how cancer risk may vary across our nation’s diverse fire service.
In 2018, Congress passed the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which directed NIOSH to develop a registry to study cancer among firefighters.
Improve understanding of cancer risk among minority, female, and volunteer firefighters, as well as groups like wildland firefighters
What Firefighters Need to Know
- Any firefighter can join the NFR
The NFR will be open to all U.S. firefighters, not just those with a previous diagnosis of cancer. Having many types of firefighters join the NFR is crucial to examining relationships between firefighter activities and cancer. NIOSH encourages all firefighters to participate in the NFR, including:
- Active, former, and retired firefighters
- Career, paid-on-call, and volunteer firefighters
- Structural firefighters
- Wildland firefighters
- Industrial firefighters
- Military firefighters
- Fire investigators
- Other fire service members
- Registration will launch in Fall 2022
The NFR will be open to all firefighters in 2022. Participation is voluntary. Registration will take place through a secure web portal and will take about 30 minutes. The NFR is a long-term project that will include voluntary, but important, follow-up questionnaires. Continued participation in the NFR is key to protecting firefighter health. The more researchers know about cancer in the fire service, the more we can do to prevent it.
How it Works
Learn how the NFR will help researchers investigate the link between firefighting and cancer.
- Personal information will be kept confidential
Privacy and data security are top priorities for the NFR. Identifying information (like name and date of birth) are protected by an Assurance of Confidentiality and will only be accessible to NIOSH researchers. Data are protected by numerous safeguards that meet strict Federal guidelines.