PFAS in Firefighters of Michigan Surveillance (PFOMS)

  • PFOMS LogoThe PFOMS project is a statewide biomonitoring project focused on Michigan firefighters. The primary purpose of the project is to determine firefighters’ average exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a group of chemicals that have been used in many industrial applications and consumer products. Firefighters are often exposed to PFAS through the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS. The findings of the project will inform decisions about how to protect firefighters from PFAS exposure.

FAQ

What population will be invited to participate in this project?
  • Current career and volunteer adult firefighters who work for airport fire stations and randomly selected municipal fire stations in Michigan. 
How will fire stations be chosen to participate?
  • All airport fire stations will be selected and all firefighters working at these stations will be invited to participate.
  • For the Detroit Fire Department, some fire stations will be selected at random. All adult firefighters assigned to these selected fire stations will be invited to participate.
  • For the rest of Michigan firefighters, some municipal fire stations will be selected at random. All adult firefighters working at these fire departments will be invited to participate.
What chemicals will be tested for?
  • The PFOMS project will test blood for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).