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Goldfields firefighter and cancer survivor Jim McIntosh says he is pleased the State Government has formally acknowledged the link between firefighting and cancer.

Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell last week announced a Bill to make it easier for firefighters to get compensation if they had a prescribed cancer. The legislation, which he expected to be introduced after the March election, worked on the presumption firefighters contracted the cancer at work.

The announcement came after the Federal Government introduced similar legislation last year.

Mr McIntosh, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and operated on in 2009, said it was great to see the laws gaining momentum.

“I went to Canberra when it was passed through Federal Parliament in July last year,” he said.

“There were a lot of firefighters there who were suffering from cancer, so it was quite emotional for a lot of the blokes there. From my point of view, I’m just glad it’s going through and that it will protect firefighters in the future."