General President Edward Kelly announced on Jan. 30 that the IAFF retained three nationally recognized law firms to change regulatory standards, demand PFAS-free gear, and be available to be retained by members and families seeking compensation for PFAS-related illness. PFAS “forever chemicals” are found in fire fighter protective gear and have been linked to cancer, the leading cause of fire fighter death.

He broke the news at the 2023 Affiliate Leaders Training Summit, which also featured the world premiere of the documentary Burned.

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