Glendale firefighter Kevin Thompson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the spring of 2019. Multiple myeloma is listed as one of the several known diseases and cancers that are presumed to be an occupational disease (IAFF.org). This conclusion is asserted in order to make occupational cancer claims more easily accepted. However, getting coverage was a nightmare for Thompson. Brian Moore, the director of workers’ compensation benefits for the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona union at…

Firefighters are all too familiar with occupational hazards—fighting fire, chemical exposures, air and water borne carcinogens that all contribute to astronomical numbers of occupational cause cancers. In fact, the IAFF reports that between 2002-2018, 65 percent of line-of-duty deaths were due to occupational cancer (IAFF.org). Then “in 2019, more than 75% of the names of fire fighters added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall of Honor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, were of members…