Week 1: The Scope
Week 1: The Scope of the Cancer Problem in the Fire Service
The first week of the Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month addresses the reasons occupational cancer is the number-one line-of-duty death in the fire service. Additionally, the content defines cancer, explains the scope of occupational cancer in the fire service and identifies carcinogens, occupational exposures and other chemicals found in products of combustion (e.g. smoke, etc.). To get the most from this week, we recommend taking one day this week to conduct a Safety Stand Down. All resources are also available to review at your convenience.
Here’s what you can do to get the most out of Week 1! We recommend taking one day to commit to a safety stand down. During this safety stand down you should present the Module #1 PowerPoint presentation addressing the scope of the fire service cancer problem. It is a 22-slide presentation describing the scope and trends for the occupational cancer trends in firefighters. Along with this safety stand down you will be provided with infographics, multiple training briefs, and other helpful resources.
- Personal Story: Smoke Alarms (34:55 runtime)
The video highlights the occupational cancer problem in the fire service
- Survivor Story: Andy Valenta Firefighter/Paramedic Andy Valenta. City of Vista Fire Department 2012-2021. Line of Duty Death April 25, 2021 due to Stage 4 melanoma, occupational cancer.
- Research Paper: Mortality and Cancer Incidence in a Pooled Cohort of United States Firefighters
This study took place between 1950-2009 and included nearly 30,000 professional fire fighters from departments in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Chicago. This research is the first of its kind to reveal the evidence of firefighting and an increased risk of solid cancers and mesothelioma.
- Educational Presentation #1: The Scope of the Fire Service Cancer Problem
A 22-slide PowerPoint presentation describing the scope and trends for the occupational cancer trends in fire fighters.
Note: Make sure you view the presentation in “presenter mode” to capture the instructor notes for the slides.
- Prevention Practices:
- Modifiable Risk Factors:
- Wellness and Fitness Programs:IAFF Wellness-Fitness Initiative
- Annual Fitness Evaluations: Recommended Fire Fighter Annual Healthcare Screening Tests
- Sleep Hygiene and Education: Harvard Medical School’s “Fatigue Management in First Responders”
- Leadership & Survivorship Article: “Chief, I Have Cancer” CEO of FCSN Bryan Frieders discusses the importance of being prepared as a leader to properly support colleagues diagnosed with cancer.
- Social Media Infographics: