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Aug 21, 2018

Tester's Firefighter Cancer Registry Bill Moves Forward

Senator's Legislation Aims to Protect Firefighters from Deadly Disease

(U.S. Senate) - The U.S. Senate is taking a step toward protecting Montana firefighters from cancer by advancing U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bill.
The Senate today passed Tester's Firefighter Cancer Registry Act as an amendment to a larger health and human services funding agreement.

Tester's bill would create a national registry studying potential links between firefighting and cancer among career and volunteer firefighters.

"Firefighters risk their lives to keep our families and communities safe," said Tester, who sits on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. "This registry will help us learn more about the lasting effects of firefighting, so we can identify health risks and better keep our firefighters safe in the field."

Firefighters are exposed to a range of harmful toxins, and research has indicated there is a strong connection between firefighting and an increased risk for several major cancers such as testicular, stomach, brain and multiple myeloma.

The registry would improve collection tools and allow doctors and scientists to monitor and study the relationship between exposure to dangerous fumes and toxins and the incidence of cancer in firefighters. This data will help determine if there is a link, so experts can develop better protective gear and prevention techniques.

The Senate is expected to take a final vote on the funding agreement this week.

Tester's bill was originally introduced as a standalone bipartisan bill in 2017.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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