ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–A bill to help firefighters exposed to cancer-causing smoke and soot in the line of duty is the topic as Missouri Governor Greitens visits with St. Louis firefighters this morning.
The bill would provide compensation or coverage for firefighters who get cancers associated with the chemicals in fabric, plastics and other combustibles.
Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says he’s lost four firefighters in the last nine months to various types of cancer. Jenkerson says he’s been working to change the culture of firefighting–so that firefighters with sooty hands or faces don’t drink beverages that could wash carcinogens into their system.
Greitens’ bill would also provide coverage to firefighters suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.