On Wednesday May 11, 2011 the Saskatchewan Legislature passed a bill to extend the presumptive cancer legislation for firefighters.  Esophageal cancer is now included in the list of cancers presumed to be caused by the duties of a firefighter.  This brings the total number of presumptive cancers to ten.  "I'm pleased that we've been able to provide further compensation protection for firefighters who face a number of occupational risks in their everyday work," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.


With passage of the legislation, regulations will now be amended to establish the minimum employment requirement period, which includes decreasing the latency period for testicular cancer to ten years.


"I want to thank the government for doing the right thing," Saskatchewan Professional Firefighters Association President Kirby Benning said. "This is important legislation in the protection of firefighters throughout the province."

There are close to 700 full-time, professional firefighters in Saskatchewan, whose locals are affiliated with the SPFFA.  Each year members of the SPFFA travel to legislature for a one day lobby with the Provincial Government.  These lobby efforts of firefighters across Saskatchewan has been a tremendous help in getting this legislation passed.

The following illnesses, recognized by the Workers' Compensation Board of Saskatchewan, are presumed to be caused by firefighting duties:

a) Primary site brain cancer
b) Primary site bladder cancer
c) Primary site kidney cancer
d) Primary site non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
e) Primary site leukemia
f) Primary site colorectal cancer
g) Primary site ureter cancer
h) Primary site lung cancer
i) Primary site testicluar cancer
j) Esophageal cancer

Note: an injury to the heart within 24hrs after attendance at an emergency response is also considered part of the Presumptive Legislation.