Firefighters can be exposed to a lot of dangers in their day-to-day work but one of those dangers could be in the equipment they use to stop fires.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can be found in firefighting foams and other water resistant materials. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to long-lasting health problems, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. To stop these problems before they start, a new bill in D.C. is headed to the senate to help protect firefighters from the dangers of PFAS.
The legislation was authored by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). Peters said the bill would help with training and education for departments while the chemical is being phased out.
Every major firefighter organization in the country backed this legislation.