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Last Call Foundation


Including videos, interviews, news articles, meta-analysis and other documentation from LCF's research on firefighter safety.

Meta Analysis

Research & Meta-Analysis

Hierarchy of Contamination Control in the Fire Service: Review of Exposure Control Options to Reduce Cancer Risk


Firefighters are faced with a broad range of toxic exposures during their work, including known and suspected carcinogens. The current study is an update to the previously published meta-analysis of cancer risk among firefighters by Soteriades and colleagues. 

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Effect of Plasma and Blood Donations on Levels of PFA Substances in Firefighters in Australia: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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Elevated levels of blood perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been associated with a range of adverse health outcomes.

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Meta-Analysis of Incidence and Mortality of Firefighter Cancer: An Update on Emerging Science


The international fire service community is actively engaged in activities focused on development, testing, and implementation of effective approaches to reduce exposure to contaminants and cancer risk.

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Firefighter Perceptions of Cancer Risk: Results of a Qualitative Study

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Recent epidemiological research on firefighters indicates an increased incidence of specific types of cancer. Intervention is needed in the fire service yet little is known about how firefighters perceive their cancer risk.

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Dermal Absorption Studies of Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances


PFAS are highly persistent chemicals used in treatment of fabrics, in fire-fighting chemicals and many other applications. These compounds are a significant environmental concern due to their persistent nature and demonstrated toxicity. 

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Last Call Foundation
PFAS 101

July 8th, 2020

A newly awarded grant from The Last Call Foundation will allow DetecTogether, formerly called 15-40 Connection*, to continue expanding its Firefighter Initiative, educating first responders and helping reduce cancer mortality in the fire service.


June 23rd, 2020

Gear treated with ‘forever chemicals’ poses risk to firefighters

Firefighters face occupational hazards on a daily basis.  Now, new research shows they face additional risk just by gearing up. 


April 12th, 2019

Brian Baxter was ironing his trousers for his job interview with the Boston Fire Department when a massive blaze in the Back Bay flashed across the TV newscast.

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