Cancer Awareness

January is Cancer Awareness Month. The Cancer Awareness Month campaign is a combined effort between the IAFF and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. There will be content available everyday of the month to include Safety Stand Down type modules, Podcast, Training Briefs, Survivor Stories, Resource Fact sheets and much more. The information will live on both the IAFF & FCSN’s websites so it will be available anytime once the campaign goes live. To sign up to get more information about the campaign, click here. 
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Below is a Cancer Awareness Video from the Virginia Professional Firefighters.  We all know that firefighters are at an increased risk of developing cancer - please take some time to watch this video featuring Battalion Chief David Creasy Sr. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1E0FR8qNAY&feature=youtu.be

 

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Here is another great resource from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network - follow them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/FCSNNational

The International Association of Fire Chiefs' (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to develop and release the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer. This report provides 11 actions that can be taken to mitigate the risk of cancer for firefighters. Unfortunately, the topic of firefighter cancer has had a significantly increasing impact on firefighter health and welfare. Great strides have been made by departments and responders everywhere in combating and preventing cancer, but more still needs to be done. The time is NOW to make changes. "We call upon fire service leaders and all personnel to make cancer prevention a priority in your department," said Chief James Seavey, Sr. board member of the IAFC VCOS, chair of the VCOS Cancer committee, and cancer survivor.  
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS