Week 4: Leadership, Survivorship and Culture Change

Week 4: Leadership, Survivorship and Culture Change

Welcome to Week 4, our last week! Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month is nearing the end, but the work does not stop when this month is over! In Week 4 we will help guide you through how to support your fellow brothers and sisters who have been diagnosed with cancer and provide resources to assist with organizational culture change that favors cancer prevention practices and how to get support from leadership.

Here’s what you can do to get the most out of this week! We recommend taking one day to commit to a safety stand down. During this safety stand down you should present the Module #4 PowerPoint presentation and the Module #5 PowerPoint presentation. Module #4 PowerPoint presentation focuses on survivorship in a 16-slide presentation that shares specific strategies for supporting a firefighter who has been diagnosed with cancer. Finally, but possibly the most important, is Module #5 PowerPoint presentation on culture change. The 15-slide presentation describes the reason a culture change is needed for firefighter health, safety and cancer prevention. Along with this safety stand down you will be provided with infographics, multiple training briefs, and other helpful resources. 

Leadership and Survivorship

  • Personal Story: “When I Retire” (4-minute video)
    Boston Fire Department recruits talk about their future. 
  • Research Paper: Cancer Incidence Among Firefighters: 45 Years of Follow-Up in Five Nordic Countries 
    The five Nordic countries that participated in this project were Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. They studied 16,422 fire fighters and found elevated cancer rates for seven types of cancers. Some of these associations have been observed previously, and it was found that exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, asbestos and shiftwork involving disruption of circadian rhythms may partly explain these results. Although this specific research project was focused on predominantly white male fire fighters, there is a need and a plan to include research for a diversified workforce. This includes and identifies a variety of risks and challenges for diverse ethnic groups and female fire fighters.  
  • Educational Presentation: Survivorship
    16-slide presentation that shares specific strategies for supporting a fire fighter who has been diagnosed with cancer.
  • Leadership/Survivorship: University of Miami Survivorship Application
    This website and application requires that you register an email address for access to the dashboard that has a comprehensive list of resources for navigating the journey of a cancer diagnosis. 
  • Factsheets:

Culture Change


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