Idaho firefighters battle workers compensation law

BOISE, Idaho — A somewhat hidden danger is affecting Idaho firefighters, and some say it's time for a new law on the issue.

Research shows there is a connection between chemicals in smoke and serious medical conditions like cancer. But, those illnesses are not covered under Idaho's workers compensation law. So, the Professional Firefighters of Idaho has been pushing a law to change that. A previous draft easily passed through the Senate last session, but never got a hearing in the House.

Eagle Fire Captain Rob Shoplock says it's needed to protect the firefighters who work to protect the public. "We're one of the last states in the nation that does not have presumptive illness for firefighters, we don't have it for heart and lung, we don't have it for cancer," said Shoplock.

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