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House and Senate Pass Farry Bill Designating Cancer an Occupational Disease for Firefighters

House Bill 797, legislation authored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) to designate cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters, has overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate and is on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.  

“Pennsylvania’s volunteer and career firefighters sacrifice a great deal to protect our lives and property,” said Farry.  “If they develop the horrible disease of cancer as a result of that service they deserve our support and proper protection.  My legislation ensures they will receive it.” 

Under the bill, firefighters can receive workers’ compensation if they develop cancer and can establish direct exposure to certain carcinogens at fire or hazmat incidents.  To be eligible for workers’ compensation, the firefighter would have to have participated in continuous firefighting duty for four or more years and have successfully passed a cancer-free physical exam prior to asserting the claim or engaging in firefighting duties.  

The bill passed the House by a vote of 200 to 1 on June 21.  The Senate approved the legislation today by a vote of 50 to 0.  Corbett is expected to sign the measure soon. 

Legislators have attempted to provide cancer protection for firefighters for 25 years.  A similar measure by Rep. Kevin Murphy (D-Scranton) was vetoed in 2010 by then-Gov. Ed Rendell.  In introducing the bill in this session, Farry began working with all the stakeholders shortly after re-election in November to arrive at a compromise on the bill’s language.  As a result, many of the groups that opposed the bill in the last session now support it.  

“I worked closely with local government, municipal organizations and career and volunteer firefighters to address concerns with the bill,” said Farry.  “I am pleased that we can now offer this much-needed protection to our firefighters and look forward to the governor signing this bill.” 

State Representative Frank Farry
142nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Sean Yeakle

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