Firefighters want ACC cover for cancer

UPDATED: With Newshub video footage

Firefighters are calling upon the Government to compensate their cancer treatments.

They are in Auckland today to push for some cancers to be recognised as occupational, which would pre-qualify them for ACC.

International expert Alex Forrest says the risk of some cancers is more than 100 percent greater for firefighters.

"It's not one fire that kills us - it's hundreds of fires over our career. We're now finding out the cancer risk is more lethal than any other dangers that firefighters face."

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