We are just beginning to understand the horrific magnitude of the problem, the challenges involved, and the changes required in education, training, operations, medical screenings, and personal accountability to effectively address cancer in the fire service. Firefighters’ statistics for various types of cancers are staggering:
Recognizing this terrible threat, we are committed to supporting the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). Together, we can to raise awareness, promote education, further the dialog, and urge adoption of safety practices and initiatives that reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens.
REFERENCE DOCUMENTS AND GEAR MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
NFPA 1851-2014 is the Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. This guide is a summary of the primary requirements in NFPA 1851.