Health & Safety

Report Examines Presumptive Cancer Laws for Firefighters

Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Ohio and Kentucky are among the states that do not recognize the increased risk of cancer for firefighters, and a recent news report took a look at the issue.

FOX 19 reported ( that multiple scientific studies, including a comprehensive study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, show a link between firefighting and an increased risk of certain types of cancers. Thirty-four states currently have some type of presumptive cancer law, which presumes that firefighters develop certain types of cancer as a result of their occupation, making them eligible for benefits without having to prove a direct cause for the disease.

The report looked at the case of Loveland-Symmes (OH) District Chief Jon Frye, 41, and Bob Kirby, a veteran EMT/firefighter, who both contracted cancer.