It’s that time of year again to place a spotlight on FF Safety, Health, and Survival. Although Safety, Health, and Survival should be a main focus for all of us every day, this week gives us an opportunity to review some important materials and discuss, as a crew and/or battalion, how we will continue to strive to improve in these areas.Safety Week 2019 Bulletin final 1
CYNTHIANA, KY – Bullard, a global leader in personal protective equipment, is teaming with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) in their mission to aid firefighters and their families following a cancer diagnosis.
Today, at the Bullard booth (#511) at FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) Wells Bullard, CEO of Bullard and Peter Lugo, President and COO of Bullard presented Lisa Raggio, Executive Director of FCSN, and Trey Kelson, CFO of FCSN, with a donation of $10,000. Bullard plans to continue its support of the FCSN throughout 2019 by donating a portion of all proceeds from the sale of their Bullard Care Kits and Decon Cloths, two products designed specifically to help protect firefighters from carcinogens.
“Firefighters put a lot of trust in us to protect them. We have a responsibility to further protect firefighters by helping to educate them about dangers they face daily on the job and encourage prevention efforts to keep them safer,” said Wells Bullard. “We are proud to align with the FCSN to support their commitment to cancer prevention education and training to protect the lives of firefighters who risk their lives to protect us.”
“Education is key to helping firefighters reduce their cancer risk,” added Peter Lugo. “That’s why we’ve chosen to team with the FCSN to combine our efforts to raise awareness of the cancer risks firefighters face.”
According to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), cancer caused more than 60 percent of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from January 1, 2002, to December 21, 2017. Cancer, today, is the most dangerous threat to a firefighter’s health and safety.
FCSN educates firefighters about the importance of cancer screenings and early detection. “We’re so grateful for this generous donation from Bullard,” said Lisa Raggio. “This contribution makes a significant difference in delivering our Badge to Badge Mentorship program and toolboxes free of charge to firefighters coping with cancer. It also provides the resources necessary to provide cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide. We are so proud and happy to welcome Bullard to the FCSN family.”
Bullard is a global leader in personal protective equipment and systems designed to help save lives. Founded in 1898, Bullard protects workers in the Industrial Health & Safety and Emergency Responder markets. Headquartered in Kentucky, Bullard is a fifth-generation family-owned global company with offices and facilities in the U.S., Germany and Singapore. For more information, visit Bullard’s website at www.bullard.com or call Bullard Customer Service at 877-BULLARD or +1-859-234-6616.
A California man is making his way across the country to help thousands of people who put their life on the line for others.
Matty Gregg quit his job to start a journey to raise money for Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
The organization helps firefighters with cancer and their families.
He stopped in Carencro today to visit the firefighters and rally support from the community.
“The communities have been amazing,” said Gregg. “Some great folks have been seeing me on the road and saying ‘well that doesn’t look normal.’ And so they’ve been stopping and asking ‘what are you doing?’ I say, ‘you know I’m running across the country for Firefighter Cancer Support Network.’ Sometimes they’ll hand me money right there.”
Matty Gregg’s Story:
Of all the causes supported in previous runs and journeys, this cause is one of my favorites. My first interaction with firefighters began years ago when I moved to NYC and met a lot of the teams involved with Firefighters who were part of the 9/11 dispatch. I witnessed the sacrifices they make every single day actively fighting blazes to keep us safe.
Firefighters have been the unsung heroes in California for the past two decades, combating our massive forest fires and keeping our communities as safe as possible. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice in their line of work. And many more are now fighting for their lives against cancer.
I’m running across the country to raise awareness and money for Firefighter Cancer Support Network. They are a group out of Burbank, CA, but have operations in over 35 states (and growing). They train fire departments every day on preventing environments that could foster cancer. They are also investing in research and development for the fight against cancer.
I’m really excited to be pushing for fundraising for these heroes. I hope you can donate a bit, join me on the run, or just get the word out!
Attention golfers! Don’t miss this great event to benefit firefighters with cancer and FCSN. Enjoy a wonderful, upscale BBQ dinner with a hosted bar following tournament play and a chance to win a BMW from BMW of Monterey. Click here for details.
Twenty-nine fallen California firefighters are honored during the California Firefighters Memorial on Oct. 15, 2016, at Capitol Park. They all died in recent years, most of them due to job-related cancer or heart attack.
Click here to read more on the Sacramento Bee website.
Third Alarm Coffee’s FCSN Fundraiser.