There’s a new renewed push in Tallahassee to help firefighters who develop cancer because of their jobs.
Florida lawmakers will take up a bill that would require city or county fire departments to help pay for cancer treatment for firefighters.
A $25,000 payment would also be made to the firefighter upon receiving a cancer diagnosis.
Action News Jax has previously reported that firefighters have a nine percent greater risk of cancer than the general population.
First responders are often exposed to toxins when fighting fires.
This is a similar bill to those that have died during session in previous years.
The Florida League of Cities, for example, has opposed related bills because they are essentially unfunded mandates.
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