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MANY FIREFIGHTERS HIRED AFTER 9/11 (but before May 2002) ARE ENTITLED TO HEALTH BENEFITS UNDER THE 9/11 ZADROGA HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT

(INCLUDING MONEY AWARDS FROM THE VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND)

Mike Barasch was invited to speak at the Firefighter Cancer Support Network in Los Angeles. He addressed representatives of dozens of fire companies around the country whose members came to NYC to help our own responders after the attacks. Most firefighters outside of NY have no idea that they too are entitled to the presumptive benefits of the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. They do now.

At a recent Barasch McGarry post-pension seminar luncheon, a Manhattan firefighter brought up the fact that members in his firehouse who came on the job after 9/11, were suffering similar illnesses to the members who were already on the job on 9/11. Since their firehouse is within the WTC exposure zone south of Canal Street, it occurred to us that some of these members could be covered under the WTC Survivor Program depending upon when they were hired. It turns out that even though they weren’t working as firefighters on 9/11, many of them are entitled to compensation for their 9/11-related illnesses.

Any firefighter who came on the job after 9/11, but who worked at one of the 10 Engine or Ladder companies south of Canal Street**, between 9/11/01 – 5/30/02, may be eligible for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. If they have been certified with a physical illness, including gastrointestinal or respiratory illnesses or any of the 68 cancers linked to the WTC toxins, they are entitled to awards just like every other office worker or downtown resident. There are hundreds of NYC firefighters who were hired after 9/11; many were assigned to companies with the WTC exposure zone. They would be considered “survivors”.

I discussed this with FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant, and he suggested that a question be added to the FDNY Annual Exams to inform those firefighters who worked south of Canal Street. (Other firefighters who worked north of Canal Street, but south of Houston Street as well as in parts of western Brooklyn, are eligible for the free health care from the World Trade Center Health Program, but not eligible for compensation).

At Barasch McGarry we want to ensure that firefighters know their rights, and the benefits that are available to them. Anyone with questions or concerns should feel free to call us without any obligation.

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E9/L6/Sat1 (75 Canal Street)
L8 (14 N. Moore Street)
E7/TL1/Batt1 (100 Duane Street)
E6 (49 Beekman Street)
E10/L10 (124 Liberty Street)
E4/TL15/DSU4 (42 South Street)

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