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FCSN leaders are participating in cancer-related engineering and medical research across the nation, including at Harvard, the NFPA Foundation, the University of Arizona, and the University of Miami.

FCSN’s widely hailed 2013 white paper, “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service,” provides lifesaving details about recognizing and reducing firefighters’ cancer risks. It includes 11 immediate actions that firefighters should take to protect themselves, their families, and their fellow firefighters. The full paper is available as a free download at FCSN white paper 2013.

“The white paper created far-reaching results,” Frieders said. “FCSN’s 2013 white paper has been added to the study material for promotional exams, from lieutenant all the way up to fire chief. FCSN’s current research is building on those street-level actions with higher-level resources, including sample policies, practices, and guidance. We can’t eradicate cancer in the fire service, but we certainly can reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens.” See FCSN’s “Preventing Cancer in the Fire Service” FAQ series and our featured column in FireRescue magazine for updated resources. If you would like to receive periodic news about cancer in the fire service, please sign up for FCSN email updates.

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