Largest US Firefighter Union Announces Legal Action Over ‘Forever Chemicals’ In PPE

Cancer is the number one killer of firefighters, with career-related cancers causing more than 60% of firefighter deaths, according to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), the largest firefighters’ union in the nation. In a news conference Monday, IAFF said the cancers are caused by toxic chemicals called PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” that coat many products.

Those products include “turnouts,” the protective gear worn by firefighters.

“We need to combat what is killing us,” said Edward Kelly, IAFF president. “For years, corporate interests have put profits over our lives. It stops now.”

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