Firefighter Health & Safety 
 

Thank You for exploring these pages as you investigate how your service as a firefighter can have a negative effect on your health.  FF cancer and cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the fire service.  It strikes all age groups equally.  Whether you work as a career firefighter in one of Wyoming’s paid fire departments or serve your community as a volunteer, we all have a common desire to provide the highest quality customer service to those that need our assistance.   Until this past legislative session, when a Wyoming firefighter needed help from the State, it could not always cover the many instances that firefighters can become ill while performing our duties.  The Wyoming Presumptive Law, passed and signed into law during the last legislative session, has greatly expanded the coverage that allows the State of Wyoming to provide the needed assistance to Wyoming’s firefighting community and their families.  We encourage you to read through the law, its only seven pages long, and become familiar with its content.   Should a tragic situation come up, you will be in a better position to help yourself or a fellow firefighter in the difficult and confusing time following a diagnosis of cancer or a cardiovascular event.

 

Stay Safe,

Wyoming FF Cancer Coalition


 Wyoming Fire Service,

 

Recent trends in the American Fire Service have led to a majority of states to adopt presumptive legislation to protect and assist firefighters and their families if they develop cancer or experience a cardiac event that can be linked to the unique and inherently dangerous work environment we work in. 

The 2017 Legislative session saw Wyoming join those states with this important legislation. This webpage was developed to provide a repository of resources to assist you and your family in helping to do all that you can to prevent hearing those awful words “you have cancer” or “you are having a heart attack”.   The worst words are the ones you will not hear at all; that you are a LODD due to something that may have been preventable.  Your family, friends, fellow firefighters and community will be on the receiving end of that awful message.

The intent of the webpage is to provide some basic resources to you for your consideration and to allow you to share anything that might help a fellow firefighter within your own department or across our great state.  Please use these resources to have a healthy career and retirement.  Choose your last call; don’t let the choice be made for you.