© 2016

Health Risks and Fair Compensation in the Fire Service

  • Tee L. Guidotti

Part of the Risk, Systems and Decisions book series (RSD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tee L. Guidotti, Alex Forrest, Michel Lariviére, Zsuzsanna Kerekes, Danielle Valcheff
    Pages 1-15
  3. Nancy E. Lightfoot
    Pages 25-39
  4. Tee L. Guidotti
    Pages 41-62
  5. Tee L. Guidotti
    Pages 63-92
  6. Tee L. Guidotti
    Pages 93-162
  7. Tee L. Guidotti
    Pages 163-174
  8. Nancy Lightfoot, Elpidoforos S. Soteriades, Stefanos N. Kales
    Pages 175-189
  9. Tee L. Guidotti
    Pages 191-207
  10. John M. Mayer, Sara A. Jahnke
    Pages 209-225
  11. Michel A. S. Larivière, Zsuzsanna Kerekes, Danielle Valcheff
    Pages 227-263
  12. Alex Forrest
    Pages 265-280
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 291-299

About this book


This book is an overview of the hazards of firefighting, the health risks of exposure to combustion products that characterize firefighting, the science behind interpreting these risks for purposes of identifying diseases as work-related, and the legal and policy implications of adopting legislated "presumption" for purposes of compensation. The emphasis of the book is on the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, traumatic hazards, and disabling psychosocial adjustment following major incidents.

Those interested in this book will include scientists studying firefighters, fire service managers with responsibility for occupational health and prevention,  lawyers and workers’ compensation case managers, and professionals who are retained to render opinions regarding a case or claim.

The relevance of material in this book is not limited to firefighting as an occupation. The occupational health and compensation issues in firefighting are a model for other occupations because they have been well studied and worked out. The chapters on epidemiology, interpretation of evidence, and compensation policy also apply to other occupations and compensation issues. The health risks and hazards and can be used as a model for other issues in occupational health and compensation, and hos these issues are analyzed, interpreted, and address by public policy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tee L. Guidotti
    • 1
  1. 1.WashingtonUSA

About the editors

Tee L. Guidotti, MD, MPH, DABT (DABT is a recognized toxicology credential), physician, occupational epidemiologist, toxicologist. Dr. Guidotti will serve as overall editor. Alex Forrest, LLD, lawyer, firefighter and President of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg (IAFF) Nancy Lightfoot, PhD, MSc, occupational and community health, cancer epidemiologist and expert on wildfire effects.

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