To be eligible for the WTCHP, first responders, including fire fighters, must have participated in rescue, recovery or clean-up work for a minimum amount of time. Pentagon responders are eligible if they participated at the site for at least one day beginning September 11, 2001, and ending November 19, 2001. Shanksville responders must have participated at that site for at least one day beginning September 11, 2001, and ending October 3, 2001.
The eligibility dates are based on a review conducted by the WTCHP administrator and the program’s Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee, which took into account the estimated duration of rescue and recovery work performed at the sites and data from environmental sampling.
The WTCHP is a federally funded program established by the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 that provides long term medical care for workers and survivors of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Participants of the program receive free annual medical exams and free treatment for any diagnosed 9/11-related health condition.
Enrollment for the program is currently open for all fire fighters who worked or volunteered their time at the World Trade Center site in New York City. The IAFF is currently developing an online resource with information for IAFF members about the program, enrollment outreach activities and up-to-date information on 9/11-related health issues.
For more information on the eligibility requirements for Shanksville and Pentagon responders, click here.
For more information on the WTCHP, click here.
Click here to enroll in the WTCHP.