Dennis Thayer, chairman of the Georgia Firefighters Cancer Coalition, said the committee’s decision to pass the bill is a long-awaited victory for firefighters in Georgia. He attributed firefighter carcinogen exposure to newer materials used in the construction of homes, such as synthetic fibers and plastic.
“We are taking great steps as an industry to prevent that exposure,” said Thayer. “We are finding that a lot of guys are getting cancer at ages 30 or 35. It’s clearly related back to the fire service.”