‘We’re going after’ PFAS exposure, Biden tells firefighters

March 13, 2023

President Joe Biden wants to limit the risks firefighters face from exposure to toxic chemicals in their gear and from wildfires fueled by climate change, he said Monday.

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"The president, speaking to a crowd at the International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference on Monday, listed a series of policy priorities aimed at improving safety and benefits for firefighters.

“You guys are the best, you women are the best, and that’s not hyperbole,” Biden told the group. “You’re the very best America has to offer. We owe you.”

The president pointed to the high rate of cancer among firefighters. “Toxic substances you’re exposed to on the job are almost certainly why cancer is a leading killer to firefighters,” he said.

Biden added, “We’re going after toxic exposure to PFAS, so-called forever chemicals, that for years have been in your gear, your equipment … that you depend on to be able to do your job.”