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Firefighters and Asbestos Exposure

Firefighters face uniquely extreme asbestos exposure risks, and as a result, they suffer an elevated rate of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. Many organizations support firefighters with occupational cancer and work to prevent toxic exposure in the future.

 

Firefighter Quick Facts

Face extreme risks of asbestos exposure during rescue operations

2.29 times more likely to develop mesothelioma due to exposure

70% of line-of-duty deaths are caused by cancer in general

Proper training and procedures can prevent occupational cancer