CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – With the end of December, now is the time to prepare for Firefighters Cancer Awareness Month next January.
During Firefighters Cancer Awareness Month, organizations like the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) educate people on how to reduce the impact of cancer on firefighters.
“Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters, accounting for more than 65% of deaths in the line of duty added to the IAFF Memorial Wall of Fallen Firefighters each year,” said the General President from the IAFF, Edward Kelly. âWe must educate ourselves and do everything possible to prevent occupational cancers. Together, the IAFF and the FCSN are determined to do everything in their power to keep firefighters healthy on and off the job. “
The awareness campaign focuses on “the extent of the cancer problem, best prevention practices, leadership tactics to encourage prevention and skills to help cancer survivors and services reduce their risk of occupational cancer” . This is usually done with the help of safety sheets, fact sheets, podcasts, survivor stories, and training notes.
Through online resources such as daily training information, infographics promoting the program on social media, and podcasts covering important cancer topics and the latest research, the topics are discussed.
âAs we continue to learn more about the link between fighting fires and cancer, it is more important than ever that we take action to minimize the risks firefighters face every day,â said Bryan Frieders , CEO of FCSN. âThe science regarding firefighter exposure is constantly evolving, but through continued research we are learning more and more and are better equipped to introduce preventive practices to reduce our risk of developing occupational cancer. “