house resolution no.10

Reps. Prestin, Alexander, Andrews, Aragona, BeGole, Bierlein, Bollin, Borton, Brabec, Breen, Byrnes, Tyrone Carter, Brenda Carter, Cavitt, Coffia, Conlin, DeBoer, De Boyer, Dievendorf, Edwards, Farhat, Filler, Fink, Fitzgerald, Fox, Glanville, Grant, Green, Greene, Haadsma, Harris, Hill, Hoadley, Kuhn, Kunse, Maddock, Markkanen, Martin, Martus, Meerman, Mentzer, Miller, Morgan, Morse, Mueller, Neeley, Neyer, Outman, Paiz, Pohutsky, Puri, Rheingans, Rigas, Rogers, Roth, Schmaltz, Schriver, Schuette, Scott, Shannon, Skaggs, Snyder, Steele, Stone, Tisdel, Tsernoglou, VanderWall, Weiss, Wilson, Wozniak and Young offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare January 2023 as Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Fire fighters serve our community by putting our safety above their own; and

Whereas, Fire fighters often work in a toxic environment of smoke, soot and other carcinogens; and

Whereas, According to research, fire fighters have a 9% greater chance of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% greater chance of dying from cancer than the general population; and

Whereas, Fire fighter occupational cancer is a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in fire fighters and has reached epidemic levels; and

Whereas, Studies have found a direct correlation between the chemical exposures fire fighters experience on the job and their increased risk for cancer; and

Whereas, Forty-nine states and 12 provinces recognize cancer as a presumptive workers’ compensation claim for fire fighters; and

Whereas, Early detection of cancer through routine screening leads to earlier treatment, and better disease outcomes, including improved survival and reduced morbidity; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare January 2023 as Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.