All,

As most are well aware, the firefighting community has raised very valid concerns (primarily led by the IAFF) regarding the presence of a class of chemicals called per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — some of which have been linked to cancer — in our bunker gear. 

The concerns about your bunker gear and PPE came up a few years ago and is an added concern to our already known and proven cancer-causing factors such as all fire-related smoke, soot, vehicle exhaust, personal health-related lifestyle behaviors and the failure to get checked. 

ENEMY # 1: On the fireground, in quarters, and off a duty firefighter, cancer is the #1 life-altering & death-causing enemy of all Firefighters. 

Specific to bunker gear and related PPE concerns, until recently, we have had little information regarding the specific types, quantities, and location of PFAS in firefighter’s PPE, but now, a new report sheds light.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have conducted an in-depth examination of a range of textiles used in turnout gear coats and pants, which are constructed in three layers. The results showed that the amount of PFAS present varies widely between manufacturers and layers, with the highest PFAS concentrations observed in the outermost two. The results of the study suggest that selecting optimal combinations of fabrics for each layer could significantly reduce the amount of PFAS present in turnout gear. 

Much more (overview) about this latest data from NIST here:

Researchers Pin Down PFAS Prevalence in Firefighter Gear | NIST

The Report:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in New Firefighter Turnout Gear Textiles (nist.gov)

Are YOU registered?

The National Firefighter Registry:

About the National Firefighter Registry | NIOSH | CDC

IAFF INFO ON FIREFIGHTER PPE FROM GP ED KELLY:

PFAS and Turnout Gear – IAFF

Layout 1 (iaff.org)

IAFF & METRO FIRE CHIEFS STATEMENT:

PFASadvisory.pdf (iaff.org)

FIREFIGHTER CANCER SUPPORT NETWORK:

Firefighter Cancer Support Network | Together we can…

FIREFIGHTERS & PROSTATE CANCER:

40 Plus Fire | PROSTATE CANCER Information For Male Firefighters Age 40 and Above Who Actively (or did) Respond To Fires

FIREFIGHTER CANCER Q & A:

FAQ – Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. Get Registered.

BillyG

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