By Michael Barasch | Published July 30, 2020 | | |
Every day we hear stories about how today’s heroes — doctors, nurses, government service providers, cleaning crews, grocery store clerks and other “essential” workers — risk their health to make sure the rest of us can be as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. But we hear other stories, too, about how some of Read MoreRead More
WERE YOU THERE? As the former UFA Local 94 Health & Safety Officer, and the IAFF’s 1st District Vice President, I have served on many Committees protecting our firefighters and first responders. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, firefighters , police officers and other responders came to NYC to help the FDNY during Read MoreRead More
Michael Barasch commented on an article that appeared in the April, 2016 “American Thoracic Society” regarding firefighters who were exposed to the WTC toxic dust: “Not surprisingly, there is now empirical evidence that firefighters who responded in the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster and those who worked at the site for Read MoreRead More
Firefighters have been vocal in support for renewing the Zadroga Act, a piece of federal legislation providing medical care and financial compensation to all survivors and responders who became injured or ill in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A statement from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) was released Read MoreRead More
An out-of-service New Hampshire fire truck may soon be getting a second life as part of a museum honoring those who died and served on and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The truck could be loaned to a memorial at the Fairchester Hose Haulers Museum in Circleville, New York. The truck is a 1976 Dodge/Pierce Read MoreRead More
There are many inherent dangers to being a firefighter. Burns, falling beams, collapsing structures and inhalation of smoke and fumes are all common dangers that they must face and overcome. Some dangers of the position lie hidden for years, however. There is a lot of research that suggests that firefighters are more susceptible to cancer Read MoreRead More
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There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.
For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.
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