Brian McQueen, a director on the NFPA Education Section, was featured last week in an article published
in USA TODAY about firefighter cancer cases. Federal legislation has been announced that would establish
a National Firefighter Cancer Registry and direct the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention to track the types of cancers contracted by volunteer and professional firefighters.
because of the toxins they’re exposed to on the job. Representative Richard Hanna, D-NY,
developed the idea for the registry. His inspiration came from McQueen, who in addition to
serving on the NFPA membership section, is past chief of the Whitesboro Volunteer Fire
Department. McQueen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2013. His physicians
linked his cancer to more than three decades as a volunteer firefighter. McQueen has
developed an educational program in central New York to alert others to the potential dangers. He said that
he is humbled that his experience has served as inspiration to the congressman.