A Multi-city National Research Effort

Established in July 2016, the FEMA-funded Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study (FFCCS) research project provides a national framework to collect and integrate firefighter epidemiologic surveys, biomarkers and exposure data focused on carcinogenic exposures and health effects. The long-term goal is to follow long-term 10,000 firefighters over a 30-year observation period. 

Partnership and Transdisciplinary Collaboration Among

Fire Service Partners*


  • Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department

  • Tucson Fire Department

  • Helmet Peak Volunteer Fire Department  

  • Elephant Head Volunteer Fire Department


  • Orange County Fire Authority 

  • San Diego Fire Department 


  • Palm Beach County Fire Rescue


  • Chelsea Fire Department

  • Hallowell Fire Department 

  • Monmouth Fire Department 


  • Anne Arundel County Fire Department

  • Odenton Volunteer Fire Company  

  • Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company


  • Boston Fire Department

New Jersey

  • Middletown Fire Department

  • North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 

  • North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company No. 3

  • Toms River Board of Fire Commissioners, District No. 1

  • Toms River Fire Department 

  • Totowa Fire Department 


  • Tukwila Fire Department

  • Elephant Head Volunteer Fire Department

  • Eastside Fire Rescue 


Supporting Organizations

  • Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Oversight and Protection Board

  • Boston Firefighters Local 718

  • International Association of Fire Chiefs/National Fire Protection Association/ Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association

  • International Association of Fire Fighters

  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

  • National Volunteer Fire Council

  • Tucson Firefighters Association Local 479

  • Firefighter Cancer Support Network

  • IAFF Local 2878 

  • The Wildfire Conservancy 


Research and Academic Institutions

  • University of Miami

  • University of Arizona

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)


  • National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI)

  • Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI)

*We are in the process of requesting permission letters from all of the fire departments our team collaborates with.

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The views expressed on the FFCCS.org website are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the University of Arizona, University of Miami, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Fire Protection Research Foundation, or any U.S. Fire Service. The FFCCS does not endorse any products or services.

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