Week 1: The Scope

Week 1: The Scope of the Cancer Problem in the Fire Service

The first week of the Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month addresses why 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.).

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. 

Note: Make sure you view the presentation in “presenter mode” to capture the instructor notes for the slides. 

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