California Professional Firefighters

New Personal Exposure Reporting -- Coming Soon

Personal Exposure Reporting - Protecting You … Protecting Your Family

CPF's new mobile-friendly update to Personal Exposure Reporting coming soon --

Whether it’s a structure fire, wildland fire, HazMat response or EMS call, the biggest risks to your health may well be the ones you can’t see.

Every day, firefighters are exposed to a soup of toxins and biohazards. These exposures can happen on a call, or even while at the station. Sometimes, the effect of these exposures is immediate. More often, it builds up over time, leading to job-related cancer, heart disease or PTSD.

For your protection, and that of your loved ones, you need to have a record of these exposures … one that’s secure, independent and bulletproof.

For more than three decades, CPF’s Personal Exposure Reporting (PER) has given members and their families this peace of mind -- a secure online “lockbox” to record your incidents and the toxic exposures they create. If you’re diagnosed with a job-related illness, PER is ironclad proof of your actual exposures.

“It’s like your PPE on your breathing apparatus,” said CPF Health and Safety Director Kevin White. “This is your PPE for your Workers’ Comp benefits and your medical care.”

Soon, PER’s secure online exposure reporting is as handy as your tablet or smartphone. The new Personal Exposure Reporting system ( provides a simple, streamlined online system that can be completed in a matter of minutes and provide protection that lasts a lifetime.

The updated PER offers a streamlined sequence of screens, each requiring a few taps or clicks. Symptoms, medical information and incident data can be entered easily without having to remember chemical names. Recurring incidents, such as diesel exhaust, can be added with a simple calendar update. New information documents behavioral health effects of calls. And members can download their records any time.

Best of all, it’s now mobile-friendly, meaning exposures can be entered on the go.

Firefighters who have contracted cancer have used PER data as documentation for Workers’ Comp claims made through the firefighter cancer presumption laws. Although the laws are designed to protect your rights in a job-related illness, employers can, and often do, rebut the presumptions.

Few know the story better than Alex Mengell. The 34-year-old Alameda County firefighter was, by his own admission, “invincible.”

I never thought it could happen to me until it did,” he said.

What “happened” was a May 2016 diagnosis of brain cancer. The cancer was job-related, and is covered under California’s firefighter cancer presumption laws. Still, his employer’s Workers’ Compensation provider denied the presumption claim, forcing Alex to fight for his coverage as he fought for his life.

I had reported most of my major incidents already,” Mengell said. “So I went back and reconstructed everything I could find. When I went in with a binder full of my exposure reports, it was over.

Over the years, more than 100,000 exposures have already been locked away for PER members. These records belong exclusively to the firefighter – unavailable to the employer or the department.

We answer only to our firefighters … not the department and certainly not any outside commercial interests,” said CPF President Lou Paulson.

The cost of participating is minimal -- $10 per year for CPF members, $15 a year for non-CPF members. Dozens of departments and individual local unions underwrite the cost of PER. Check to see if your reporting is pre-paid.

The reality is that you’re far more likely to die of job-related cancer than in a fire ,” said Paulson. “You need to report because you never know what can happen ten years, 15 years, 30 years down the line.”

“If you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen,” said Mengell. “You owe it to yourself and you also owe it to your family.”

Sign up today for more information and get ready for CPF’s new Personal Exposure Reporting. Go to to register.

NOTE: Current PER users can still log in and enter their secure exposures as they have -- your information will be moved to the new system. Current users CLICK HERE to log in.

Personal Exposure Reporting 2.0

  • Mobile-friendly: Report exposures anywhere on tablet or smartphone
  • Streamlined: Simple, intuitive data entry – no chemical names required
  • One-touch recurring exposures: Easily track diesel & other ongoing exposures
  • Immediate access: Download exposure records anytime
  • Privacy: Secure online database ensures your records only belong to you
  • Inexpensive: Permanent records for the cost of a few cups of coffee
  • Peace of mind: Three decades and over 100,000 secure records

For information regarding CPF's existing PER system, click here


The Personal Exposure Reporting is a self-funded service to firefighters that is sponsored by CPF. It is sustained by a small yearly fee charged to those who take advantage of the program.

The cost for PER's online reporting is $10 a year for CPF members, $15 for non-CPF members.


Certain departments and local unions cover the cost of the PER for their members. Click HERE to download a list of locals and departments that pay for PER. If your department is on the list, simply register online or by mail.


For more information or to enroll in the Personal Exposure Record System, go to, or contact Firefighters Research and Education at:

1780 Creekside Oaks Drive
Sacramento, California 95833
Phone: 916-921-9111
Fax: 916-921-1106