UK Firefighters Cancer and Disease Registry

Centre for Fire and Hazards Sciences

The main purpose of the UK Firefighters Cancer and Disease Registry (FCDR) is to develop a better understanding of the increased occurrence of cancers and diseases among firefighters and to identify the association between firefighter’s occupation and exposure to fire effluents and residues.

It is widely known that exposure to fire effluents, whether through inhalation, ingestion or dermal absorption, is a likely contributing factor for increased number of firefighters’ occupational diseases and cancers.

Every firefighter, both serving and retired, needs to be part of FCDR.

We need to hear from firefighters, the majority who have never received a cancer diagnosis, any who have been previously diagnosed with cancer and any who currently have cancer or other disease.

For the UK Serving and Retired Firefighters Cancer and Disease Registry

For the UK Fallen Firefighters Cancer and Disease Registry

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Minimising Firefighters' Exposure to Toxic Fire Effluents

Only this year, we have already surveyed over 10,000 firefighters to give invaluable insight into decontamination practices and visited over 18 Fire Stations and Training Centres across the country for toxic contaminants testing in their workplace. The findings of that research have been compiled into a best practice report with a number of recommendations to help protect firefighters’ health.

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UCLan Professor honoured by Fire Brigades Union for life-saving research

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has honoured University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Professor Anna Stec for her independent research behind its campaign to help firefighters protect themselves and others from harmful contaminants.

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